Being pulled over in traffic by Washington law enforcement can be stressful. If the officer detects the odor of alcohol or suspects driver impairment, a roadside investigation may follow. If you find yourself in this situation, there are some things you should know.
The consequences of drunk driving in Washington State can be devastating to both the offender and to people harmed by impaired driving. The penalties for driving under the influence are progressively increased, depending on various factors such as the blood alcohol level, the number of prior convictions in the past seven years, whether an accident occurred and related factors. When a DUI offense is the direct cause of death of another, the accused offender will face a substantial mandatory minimum term of imprisonment.
Washington State legislators are looking at the drunk driving laws with an eye toward increasing the punishment for repeat offenders. That movement may be strengthened after reports of the death of a 28-year-old woman on I-5 in recent days. The man who crashed into her vehicle was driving in the wrong direction and had a suspended license. He had a total of six DUI convictions on his record, with two of them within the past 10 years.
Washington police recently arrested a driver allegedly responsible for a single-vehicle wreck on Interstate 5. The truck driver is charged with a DUI and may have been working when he wrecked his tractor-trailer. The wreck also caused severe traffic congestion for hours, with cars backed up for several miles.
Road rage is an issue in Washington State. Drivers risk endangering themselves and other motorists when they allow themselves to express their frustrations on the public roadways. One 19-year-old man is facing felony charges after his arrest during an apparent road rage incident that occurred recently near Kirkland.