Sunday, March 25, 2012

43 DUI Arrests Over St Patrick's Day

During a 24-hour period over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, State Patrol troopers say they arrested 43 drunks behind the wheel – and the strangest case was a woman busted for blocking the King County Jail entrance.

Just before 2 a.m. on March 18, a trooper trying to get into the jail entrance saw it was blocked by a Dodge Stratus. Realizing it was not an unmarked police vehicle, the trooper contacted the 26-year-old Des Moines woman driving. The woman said her cell phone dropped and she pulled in the driveway to look for it.

She didn’t realize she was blocking the jail entrance.

The trooper recognized signs of possible intoxication and performed an investigation for DUI eventually placing the driver in custody.

Troopers say drunks had many driving issues on King County roads that weekend, including wrong-way drivers and people who blew through traffic signs.

The State Patrol had an extra emphasis during St. Patrick's day weekend as part of Target Zero, an anti drunken driving effort funded in part by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

State Patrol Officer Hit by Drunk Driver

A WSP trooper has a close call after an alleged drunk driver nearly ran him over last Saturday.

The trooper had just stopped another alleged DUI driver on the southbound shoulder of SR-101 when a car came barreling down the highway and smashed into his patrol car, according to WSP.

The trooper, who's a three-year veteran, saw the car coming and was able to avoid the impact. Traveling at roughly 60 mph, the car clipped the patrol car's open door and came to a stop roughly 200 yards down the road.

The driver sped off before the trooper could make an arrest.

About a mile away, another trooper was making a DUI stop when he saw a suspicious car backing into a private driveway on a road that runs parallel to SR-101.

After calling in backup, the troopers found the car and its driver, who they quickly identified as the man who hit the trooper moments earlier.

The 37-year-old man was arrested for DUI and hit and run. He told the troopers that he'd been at the Little Creek Casino and was on his way home. He also admitted to having marijuana in the vehicle, but wouldn't give troopers permission to search it. He was booked into Mason County Jail.

After impounding the car and getting a search warrant, troopers found 19 grams of marijuana and a smoking pipe inside.

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

St. Patty's Day Patrol

Pierce County law enforcement agencies will be teaming up next Saturday, March 17th to help keep local roads safe.

Last year, according to Pierce County authorities, a similar patrol resulted in more than 30 arrests.

Following each arrest, law enforcement officers will hit up bars and residences where drunk drivers say they had been drinking at last.

In a press release, Deputy Chief Bryan Jeter, from the Puyallup Police Department, said: "We're asking everyone who anticipates driving after drinking to make the right call: secure a designated driver before stepping out, or call a taxi."

To help ensure everyone gets home safe, bartenders and customers will be able to get a "Click It 2 Ride" card with toll-free numbers for local taxi companies.

If someone doesn't have a designated driver, they can scan the cards with a smart phone and it will directly connect them to a cab company.

Holiday DUI patrols started March 9 and will run until the 18th. Last year, during the same time, Pierce County says 161 motorists were arrested for DUI.

If you or a loved one is faced with a DUI charge in Western Washington, you deserve the assistance of a reputable and qualified Seattle DUI attorney who will relentlessly defend your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI lawyer who has an intimate understanding of Washington DUI laws and the legal issues that could win your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI attorney who is not afraid to stand up against the prosecution and aggressively fight for your rights and interests. SQ Attorneys is the right Western Washington DUI law firm for the job. Call for a free initial consultation – (206) 441.0900 (Seattle); (425) 998-8384 (Eastside) – it will be the best decision you make all day.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

WA Amongst Worst in DUI Fatalities

Washington has one of the highest DUI fatality rates in the nation, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The advocacy group also gives Washington 3 out of 5 stars when it comes to keeping drunk drivers off the roads.

MADD says there were 206 DUI-related traffic deaths in Washington state in 2009, making up about 42 percent of traffic fatalities that year. Only Connecticut, Hawaii and South Carolina had higher death rates from DUI.

In addition, police stopped nearly 20,000 3-time DUI offenders and over 2,100 5-time offenders in Washington that year.

In a new nationwide report card, MADD says Washington is about average when it comes to laws that cut down on the number of drunk drivers.

“Washington has the most comprehensive ignition interlock law in the nation but could take additional steps to help save more lives,” the report says. “The state needs a better child endangerment law, legalization of sobriety checkpoints and utilization of no-refusal activities to further crack down on drunk driving.”

MADD suggests the addition of "no refusal weekends." If a suspected drunk driver were to be pulled over and refused to take a breathalyzer test, judges would be on call around the clock to immediately issue warrants to have officers take a blood draw to determine the driver’s BAC. MADD says BAC refusals often lead to dismissed cases or lesser charges.

The only states to get five stars were Arizona, Kansas, Illinois, Nebraska and Utah.

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