When Washingtonians push the limit of drinking and driving, police may pull the driver over, conduct a field sobriety test and ultimately arrest the driver. It happens every day. What doesn't happen every day, however, is that police arrest one of their own for driving under the influence.
Washingtonians accused of a crime should take solace that a criminal charge is hardly a guarantee of a criminal conviction. Take, for example, the experience of Kerry Kennedy, a high-profile human rights activist and daughter of the assassinated presidential candidate Robert Kennedy. Kennedy was recently acquitted of drugged driving charges following a four-day trial.
For most residents of Washington, seeing a police car tends to make them drive more carefully. They drive slower, pay more attention and keep extra space between them and the car in front of them. Apparently, that is not true of everyone. For example, one driver recently rear-ended a Seattle police cruiser.
Many Washingtonians periodically enjoy a social drink or two with friend. This behavior is most oftentimes harmless, but when a drink or two turns into more, sometimes many more, bad things can happen, especially when the drinker decides to drive. The consequences could include getting in an accident or facing a drunk driving charge.
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.
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.
Washington motorists may have noticed a bigger police presence on the roads recently. The beefed-up patrols should come as no surprise for experienced motorists because police forces across the state traditionally expand their patrolling during the holiday season. Indeed, this year marks the 23rd anniversary of a campaign called the "Night of 1,000 Stars." Under the campaign, law enforcement statewide cracks down on drunk driving.
The holiday season is in full swing. That means family get-togethers and holiday parties. With those festivities comes alcohol. When enjoyed responsibly, these festivities are fun. However, police will be on the lookout for those who allegedly drive under the influence.
In Washington and elsewhere, parents do their best to instill good decision-making in their child. But sometimes a parent's best intentions cannot prevent their children from learning the hard way. That may be the case for a King County Sheriff's deputy whose daughter recently may have been involved in a drunk driving accident.
A Washington state representative wants to reduce drunk driving. In order to help do that, the representative wants to do two things: push for tougher drunk driving laws and keep better track of repeat drunk drivers. If successful, the representative's ideas could result in more drunk driving charges and harsher penalties for those who are convicted.