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Intoxicants blamed for wrong-way driver on I-5

One of the significant hazards posed by drivers who are intoxicated is a wrong-way collision on a divided highway. Given the number of visual clues that are available to tell a driver that they are driving in the wrong direction, the occurrence of wrong-way driving always seems to be prevalent. A recent arrest by the Oregon State Police shows how an allegedly drunk driver can appear to be completely detached from reality.

How does a Breathalyzer work?

Most people living in Vancouver have heard the term "breathalyzer" even if they have never seen or used one. All police departments in the state of Washington use breathalyzers to obtain an estimate of the amount of alcohol in the blood stream of a driver who is suspected of drunk driving.

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.

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