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On July 17th, 2003 at 1 a.m. while working a vehicle accident, I was struck by a drunk driver. I lost everything I had. My wife left, as 1 year of watching me have seizures and not get better was too much for her. More

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Drunk Driving Fatalities Drop to Lowest Rate since 1950

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced that U.S. fatalities due to drunk driving fell to a record low number in 2009, declining by 7.4% from 2008, with a 19% decrease since 2000. This represents the lowest number since 1950. More

Drug and Alcohol Courts: An Effective Alternative to Jail

Drug courts were developed in the 1980's in an effort to stop the abuse of alcohol and other drugs, and to reduce the criminal activity that typically accompanies these behaviors. More

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Proposed New Penalties for DUI

Washington State lawmakers have recently introduced several bills that propose harsher new penalties for people convicted of driving while intoxicated (DUI). These proposed penalties include longer sentences for first-time offenders, required installation of ignition interlock devices for drivers convicted of negligent or reckless driving, required installation of a specially designed license plate for people convicted of drunk driving, and a requirement that all sentences be served consecutively, not concurrently.

Also, effective January, 2011, Washington State has amended its DUI laws to require mandatory reporting if a child under the age of 13 is in a vehicle driven by an intoxicated parent, legal custodian, or guardian. If the arresting officer believes the child is in imminent harm, the officer is authorized to place the child in emergency custody.

We continue to deal with the consequences of America’s drunk driving epidemic, and a multi-pronged approach is clearly warranted. These proposed penalties, combined with an increase in available treatment programs and DUI specialty courts where nonviolent offenders can receive substance abuse therapy while being strictly monitored, can make a difference in whether a person chooses to drink and drive, and has the potential to save countless lives.

The full text of the proposed bills is available at the following locations:

(800) 925-1875 (360) 714-0900

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