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Understanding Washington's implied consent law

One of Washington's most powerful weapons for enforcing its drunk driving laws is the so-called "implied consent law." While many Washington drivers may have heard of this law, very few understand how it may affect them. The implied consent statute provides a method by which police officers can compel drivers to submit to a test of their sobriety before deciding whether to charge them with one or more drunk driving offenses.

Washington's distracted driver law takes effect

Washington's attempts to eliminate distracted driving moved to a new level on July 23, 2017, when the state's zero tolerance law went into effect. The law aims to prevent drivers from doing anything but driving while they are operating a motor vehicle. According to police, the new law is aimed at sharply reducing the number of car accidents on Washington's highways.

Drunk driver injures two in three-car accident

Drunk driving in Washington is a serious crime even if no aggravating factors, such as a prior conviction or an accident that causes injury or death, are present. When a drunk driver causes an accident that results in injury or death, the penalties can escalate. The driver in a recent three-car accident in Vancouver now faces one or more drunk driving charges.

How are field sobriety tests administered?

It is Saturday night, and a Washingtonian decide to go out with friends for dinner and some live music. Next thing they know, the clock is striking midnight and they had a couple drinks too many. Even worse, better judgement left the bar a few hours ago and they decide to drive home. No problem, right? Halfway home, they see lights ahead and all the cars are slowing down. It is a DUI checkpoint, and they know they are over the legal limit.

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