DUI http://www.kplu.org en On Anniversary Of DUI Crash In Seattle, Memorial Walk Held To Honor Victims http://www.kplu.org/post/anniversary-dui-crash-seattle-memorial-walk-held-honor-victims <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141337783&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>It was one year ago that repeat drunk driver Mark Mullan crashed into a family crossing a street in north Seattle, killing Judy and Dennis Schulte and critically injuring&nbsp; their daughter-in-law, Karina, and newborn grandson, Elias.</p><p>The tragedy prompted the Washington Legislature to pass <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/victim-prosecutor-say-new-dui-law-progress-not-enough">tougher drunk driving laws.&nbsp;</a></p><p>On the anniversary of the crash on Wednesday, a crowd gathered for a walk and rally in memory of Judy and Dennis Schulte.&nbsp; Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:17:37 +0000 Paula Wissel 15258 at http://www.kplu.org On Anniversary Of DUI Crash In Seattle, Memorial Walk Held To Honor Victims New Year Brings Sobriety Testing For Repeat Drunk Drivers http://www.kplu.org/post/new-year-brings-sobriety-testing-repeat-drunk-drivers <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Repeat drunk drivers in Washington who get arrested in the new year may find themselves ordered to blow into a breathalyzer twice a day. Starting Jan. 1, three counties and two small cities will begin piloting a 24/7 sobriety program modeled after one in South Dakota.</span></p><p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 12081 at http://www.kplu.org New Year Brings Sobriety Testing For Repeat Drunk Drivers Designated Drivers Often Fail To Abstain From Drinking http://www.kplu.org/post/designated-drivers-often-fail-abstain-drinking We might need to change the definition of a designated driver from noble abstainer to something along the lines of not as drunk as you.<p>The idea of having one person in a group agree not to drink so that everyone else can get home safely after a night of alcohol-fueled fun has been promoted as a way to reduce the dangers of drunken driving, especially among teenagers and young adults.<p>But when researchers put the idea to the test, the results weren't all that reassuring. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 15:48:33 +0000 9030 at http://www.kplu.org Designated Drivers Often Fail To Abstain From Drinking DUI court packed with offenders and repeat offenders http://www.kplu.org/post/dui-court-packed-offenders-and-repeat-offenders <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sit in a courtroom where people are being arraigned on charges of driving under the influence, and you get an idea of the obstacles Washington lawmakers face in trying to pass tougher drunk driving laws.</span></p><p>I recently spent an eye-opening afternoon in Judge Mark Eide's courtroom in King County District Court in Burien. Mon, 22 Apr 2013 20:46:03 +0000 Paula Wissel 8501 at http://www.kplu.org DUI court packed with offenders and repeat offenders Proposed DUI crackdown gets pushback on multiple fronts http://www.kplu.org/post/proposed-dui-crackdown-gets-pushback-multiple-fronts-0 <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 21.99652862548828px;">Gov. Jay Inslee and lawmakers want to move swiftly to crack down on repeat drunk drivers. This after two recent high profile tragedies in Seattle. But on Thursday, they got some pushback from judges, prosecutors, civil libertarians and even the restaurant industry.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 21.99652862548828px;">It’s a classic case of the devil’s in the details. Take ignition interlock devices. There’s a proposal to install them at the impound lot after a drunk driver is arrested. But the installers say that isn’t technically feasible and lawyers question whether it’s legal prior to a conviction.</p><p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 03:01:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 8470 at http://www.kplu.org Proposed DUI crackdown gets pushback on multiple fronts Lawmakers consider special DUI driver license, alcohol bracelet http://www.kplu.org/post/lawmakers-consider-special-dui-driver-license-alcohol-bracelet <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">Repeat drunk drivers in Washington may soon carry a scarlet letter driver’s license and have to wear an alcohol detection bracelet. Those are just two of the requirements contained in DUI legislation proposed Tuesday in Olympia.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 18px;"><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">The bipartisan plan follows two recent drunk driving tragedies in the Seattle area.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 18px;"><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">House Public Safety Chair Roger Goodman says the ankle bracelet detects alcohol consumption and alerts authorities.</span></p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 01:05:31 +0000 Austin Jenkins 8429 at http://www.kplu.org Lawmakers consider special DUI driver license, alcohol bracelet Lawmaker wants more ignition locks for DUI drivers http://www.kplu.org/post/lawmaker-wants-more-ignition-locks-dui-drivers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the wake of several fatal crashes in which alcohol likely played a role, s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">tate lawmakers are debating stricter DUI penalties. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rep. Roger Goodman, D-Kirkland, has <a href="http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=1482&amp;year=2013" target="_blank">proposed a bill</a> to that would require&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">suspected drunk drivers to use the ignition interlock device</span>.</p><p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 8309 at http://www.kplu.org Lawmaker wants more ignition locks for DUI drivers Should it matter how much marijuana is in your blood? http://www.kplu.org/post/should-it-matter-how-much-marijuana-your-blood <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s always been illegal to drive stoned. But, what that means has changed under Washington’s new marijuana law.</span></p><p>Initiative-502 includes a strict definition of "under the influence" – which some people say is misguided. Thu, 07 Feb 2013 01:57:03 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 7753 at http://www.kplu.org Should it matter how much marijuana is in your blood? Will legal marijuana make our roads more dangerous? http://www.kplu.org/post/will-legal-marijuana-make-our-roads-more-dangerous <p><em>If Washington voters approve a ballot measure this fall <a href="http://www.newapproachwa.org/sites/newapproachwa.org/files/I-502%20bookmarked.pdf">legalizing marijuana</a>, it would bring big changes – not just in the justice system, but in our communities. In our series “If It’s Legal: Five Ways Legal Pot Could Affect Your Life,” we consider some ways things could change for all of us, even people who never smoke pot. We begin with a basic question: would legal marijuana lead to more danger on the roads?</em></p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 6616 at http://www.kplu.org Will legal marijuana make our roads more dangerous? Former ambassador Ryan Crocker arrested for DUI in Wash. http://www.kplu.org/post/former-ambassador-ryan-crocker-arrested-dui-wash <p>SPOKANE – Former U.S. ambassador Ryan Crocker is facing hit-and-run and intoxicated driving charges in Washington state.</p><p> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 21:42:20 +0000 The Associated Press 6086 at http://www.kplu.org Drive drunk, lose car for 12 hours http://www.kplu.org/post/drive-drunk-lose-car-12-hours <p>The Washington State Patrol sent out a reminder today that starting at midnight vehicles driving by someone arrested for DUI will be towed and held for 12 hours.</p><p>Officers will not have discretion to let a sober friend take over the wheel, or a family member pick up the vehicle at roadside, the patrol wrote in a press release.</p><p> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 18:33:47 +0000 Jake Ellison 2144 at http://www.kplu.org Drive drunk, lose car for 12 hours Drive safely on Super Bowl Sunday http://www.kplu.org/post/drive-safely-super-bowl-sunday <p>In the past 9 years, 12 people have died on Washington highways during Super Bowl Sunday. "Target Zero Teams" will be out in force in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties, looking for impaired drivers this weekend.The Washington State Patrol says nearly three dozen city police officers, county sheriff's deputies and state troopers will be on patrol after the game.</p><p> Fri, 04 Feb 2011 21:44:21 +0000 Dave Meyer 723 at http://www.kplu.org Drive safely on Super Bowl Sunday