Tag Archives: DUI Washington State

On January 1, 2026, a new section to RCW 46.61 will take effect. The section pertains to law enforcement being able to obtain oral fluids in the DUI setting. Section 33 reads: (1) Any law enforcement agency utilizing oral fluid roadside information as part of the enforcement of driving under the influence laws must ensure… Continue Reading »

Earlier this month it was reported that the Washington State Patrol agreed to pay $1.4 million to settle a federal lawsuit accusing one of its troopers of targeting people of color and immigrants by unlawfully stopping them via pre-text stops. The plaintiffs were all arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of impaired driving. All… Continue Reading »

If you a person loses her license because of a DUI conviction or because of a Washington State Department of Licensing suspension, the Washington state ignition interlock lock license law allows her to continue driving 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Continue Reading »

When does the affirmative defense of ‘safely off the roadway’ apply? Well, it doesn’t apply to the crime of driving under the influence (RCW 46.61.502), which surprises some people. It only applies to being in physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence (RCW 46.61.504). According to WPIC 92.15, ‘safely off the roadway’… Continue Reading »

Oh how the pendulum swings. It was only a few short years ago an officer’s ability to chase people in vehicles was curtailed. That right was slightly expanded last week when Governor Jay Inslee rolled back some prohibitive requirements for police chases. Under the new law, police officers no longer need ‘probable cause’ to initiate… Continue Reading »

As many may now know, Washington State Senators have proposed a bill to lower the state’s legal blood alcohol limit for drivers. Currently it is .08%. They propose lowering the legal limit to .05%. They also have voiced concern over the yearlong backlog of blood tests at the state’s toxicology lab. This is so, because… Continue Reading »

June DUI emphasis patrols kicked off Washington’s “100 Safe Days of Summer” campaign. The 2022 campaign involves law enforcement agencies deploying increased patrols throughout the summer to keep our roadways safe. The campaign is part of a collaboration with WSP’s Target Zero Task Force. It is aimed at explaining the dangers of summer driving and… Continue Reading »

Officers can sometimes come upon some crazy situations when pulling a driver over for DUI. The proof is in the pudding, as they say … or in one recent DUI stop in Pennsylvania … the proof was in the trunk – a live deer! Say what?? The Newberry Township officer stopped the vehicle last week.… Continue Reading »

Earlier this month a woman in Bellevue was arrested for DUI. That fact alone isn’t too news worthy. What is news worthy, however, is that the woman ended up grabbing a hatchet from her car. She did this after she ran her car into two other vehicles and got into a confrontation with a witness… Continue Reading »

A Seattle Times editorial came out this week regarding diversity issues within the ranks of the Washington State Patrol (the “WSP”). The editorial, in short, postulated that the WSP needs to be more diverse, and that the diversity problems of the WSP stem from the psychological exam given to candidates. According to the editorial piece,… Continue Reading »