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December 2017 Archives

DUI accident occurs during DUI stop

At least one city in Washington has substantial trouble with motorists operating vehicles while under the influence of alcohol. Troopers in Everett report that this problem is evidenced by an incident that occurred on Dec. 14 when a state patrol car was struck by a suspected drunk driver while the vehicle was pulled over so that the officer could help detain another suspected drunk driver.

Country star Michael Ray charged with drunk driving

Music fans in Washington and around the country may be familiar with the country singer Michael Ray. The 29-year-old shot to stardom when his ballad "Kiss You in the Morning" reached the top of the Billboard Country Airplay chart in 2015, but the singer made headlines of a different sort during the early morning hours of Dec. 20 when he was taken into custody on drunk driving and drug possession charges by police in Florida.

The national impact of driving under the influence

When a Washington resident decides to get behind the wheel while impaired by alcohol, he or she is making a decision that has the potential to irrevocably change the lives of passengers in the vehicle, fellow drivers and innocent bystanders. Every 50 minutes, someone in the United States loses his or her life in an automobile accident because a driver made the decision to get behind the wheel impaired. The damage that this causes to families and communities is tragic.

Randy Travis loses legal bid to stop release of DUI video

Washington music fans may be interested to learn that Randy Travis of the Country Music Hall of Fame has lost his legal bid to stop the release of a video of his 2012 drunk driving arrest. The footage reportedly shows the country singer naked and threatening police.

Drunk driving arrests up by 10 percent

Many people in Washington state are charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs each year, and some of them cause accidents in which others are seriously injured or killed. According to the Washington State Patrol, DUI arrests have increased in King County, showing that drunk driving continues to be a prevalent issue.