Attending a party to celebrate an event can mean much more than the party food spread and the conversations of the attendees. For some, having too much to drink at a party could lead to a decision that changes that person's life forever. Recently, Seattle police were on the lookout for individuals driving under the influence of alcohol on the day of the Super Bowl football game.
Extra Seattle police were out on the roads looking for drivers under the influence of alcohol on Super Bowl Sunday. The police were looking for signs of impaired drivers. Some signs they were looking for were drivers driving without their headlights on and drivers driving below the speed limit. According to a report, a police officer pulled over three different cars within a short time frame, but the three stops did not result in any DUI charges.
A driving under the influence offense is often times referred to as a DUI. A DUI offense is generally when a person, under the influence of alcohol or drugs and has a blood alcohol concentration level above the state's legal limit, operates a motor vehicle. Washington's legal limit is 0.08. A person convicted of a DUI in Washington faces significant fines, possible jail or prison time, revocation of their driver's license and the installation of an ignition interlock system. A DUI conviction also poses the risk of remaining on the defendant's criminal record permanently and may also affect a person's immigration case. It is important to note that the more DUI offenses a person is convicted of, the greater the penalties the person faces.
To prevent these serious penalties, those who have had too much to drink should call a taxi or find a sober driver rather than getting behind the wheel. It is important to remember that all defendants deserve a fair trial and are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
Source: Q13 Fox Seattle Tacoma, "Troopers sack drunk drivers on Super Bowl Sunday," Tom Yazwinski, Feb. 4, 2013