As many Washington residents have likely seen by now, teen pop star Justin Bieber has been in the news for a number of unflattering reasons in the last year and a half. In the latest round of news, Bieber finds himself facing a drunk driving charge.
Washington takes drinking and driving seriously. In the short-term, a DUI conviction can lead to fines, jail time, and driver's license suspension. In the long-term, the conviction leaves a permanent mark on a person's criminal record and, for some, can even result in immigration consequences.
When Washingtonians get in the car, they take for granted that they will make it to their destination safely. But that belief assumes the drivers whom they share the road with will cooperate. That cooperation is not guaranteed.
The holiday season is over. For many Washingtonians that meant Santa came by with nice gifts and happy memories. Unfortunately, not every Washingtonian will fondly look back at this past holiday season. For these folks, the Grinch stole Christmas, giving out DUI charges in the process. If those charges become a DUI conviction, it can mean a year full of coal. That might be the case for two drivers who were swept up by the extra patrols the Washington State Patrol does during the holiday season.
The start of a new year is often a time for Washingtonians to take stock of their lives, to reflect on the previous year and to plan for the upcoming one. That evaluation can lead to changes, such as more trips to the gym, increased time with family and many more.