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Twenty-year-old drunk driver kills two in head-on crash

Many people in Oregon do not realize that the penalties for DUI increase dramatically in an accident that causes death or serious bodily injury. A young woman from Canby, Oregon, is now facing these consequences as the result of a head-on collision that police blame on the woman's drunk driving.

DUI crashes kill three and injures six

Divided highways are designed in part to minimize head-on collisions. Highway 14 in Vancouver is such a roadway, but, on the morning of February 11, two separate head-on collisions on Highway 14 took the lives of three people and injured six others. Both accidents have been preliminarily blamed on drunk driving.

Alcohol blamed for 3-vehicle collision in Vancouver

Driving under the influence of alcohol has been preliminarily blamed by Washington State police as the cause of a 3-vehicle accident. The accident happened on Highway 500 near its intersection with I-205 on Feb. 2, 2018. The driver who initiated the collision has been charged with drunk driving.

Drunk driver crashes van into house in Washington County

Most residents of Portland and Vancouver expect to be safe and secure in their homes at 1:30 a.m. A resident of the Cedar Hills area had his expectations dashed when police knocked on this door at 1:30 a.m. and told him that an SUV with a drunk driver behind the wheel had smashed into his house.

Alcohol blamed in truck roll-over that killed one, injured two

The arrival of the holidays in the Portland-Vancouver area also means the arrival of more impaired drivers behind the wheel. A tragic prelude to this year's holiday season was provided by a 21-year-old driver who was allegedly drunk when he rolled his pickup truck and killed one of his passengers.

Extra patrols during holidays aimed at drunk drivers

A sure sign of the holiday season in Washington is the presence of extra traffic patrols on the state's streets and highways. Beginning on December 12, the state and a number of municipal police departments, including Vancouver's, will increase the number of officers who are directed to pay special attention to spotting drunk drivers.

Breathalyzer for marijuana faces many hurdles

In 2012, Washington passed Initiative 502, which legalized the recreational use of marijuana by persons over the age of 21. One of the difficulties with recreational use of marijuana, however, is that the drug can impair a person's ability to safely operate an automobile. Even proponents of the legal use of cannabis acknowledge that the drug can cause almost the equivalent of drunk driving, and they concede the need for a portable roadside device that will reliably test for the concentration of marijuana in a person's body. So far, efforts to invent such a device have met many obstacles.

Allegedly drunk driver faces DUI, child endangerment charges

Drunk driving is often viewed by Vancouver residents as a "victimless" offense - unless and until a drunk driver causes injury to another person. A recent drunk driving accident in Northeast Vancouver involving young children shows how quickly a DUI can snowball into far more serious charges.


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