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Nearly 100,000 automatic (camera) traffic tickets issued in Seattle for school zone and at red light violations were never reviewed by the Seattle Police Department. Continue Reading »

Only time will tell, but apparently there is a fair to decent chance that potentially hundreds of Washington State DUI blood draw cases may be in jeopardy because of a recall on the vials used to collect the prospective DUI suspect’s blood samples. The faulty vials were used in approximately 22 counties across Washington, the… Continue Reading »

Diabetes is a troubling disease, no doubt. And it can be a real challenge for someone stopped for DUI. This is so because diabetic reactions can often cause the outward symptoms that mimic, or otherwise mirror, intoxication – the tell-tale signs of … flushed face, drowsiness, impaired coordination, slurred speech, impaired motor control and even… Continue Reading »

In domestic violence cases it is immeasurably important to understand the full context of the parties’ relationship. The relationship itself often tells a story, and paints a picture of the actual situation giving rise as to why police were called in the first place. Rarely is it as simple as someone hit their loved one.… Continue Reading »

Law enforcement personnel throughout our state have resumed Washington’s annual ‘holiday crackdown’.  As of this past weekend emphasis patrols are in full force and effect. The Washington Traffic Safety Commission coordinated the effort and a publicity campaign across our state has kicked off, inclusive of highlighting marijuana-impaired drivers, who exhibit delayed reaction times; if there were any doubt,… Continue Reading »

Last year between November 21, 2012 – January 1, 2013 a total of 795 people were arrested in King County during what has now become a yearly DUI enforcement campaign. During that same period last year, a total of 3,446 people were arrested statewide during the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign (hereinafter,… Continue Reading »

Pursuant to new Washington legislation passed by a measure this week, the King County Sheriff’s Office is now permitted to impound vessels found to be operated on our waterways by folks accused of boating while impaired. Similar to the impoundment of vehicles for those arrested for DUI (now known as’ Hailey’s Law’), the fees could be costly… Continue Reading »

Many folks (including rabid NBA fans) may be wondering why Lamar Odom was charged for a DUI nearly two weeks after his Mercedes-Benz was pulled over on a Southern California freeway; the charge stemmed from a DUI arrest on August 30, 2013 in San Fernando Valley. If he was arrested on the 30th of August… Continue Reading »

The Washington State Legislature has continued to tighten our DUI laws almost every legislative session for the past several years. Many people seem to have a hard time understanding why there have been such wide-sweeping changes to our DUI laws . One need look no further than the latest incident in Kent to understand why.… Continue Reading »

Will the extra patrols ever end? The answer is clearly … “no”; they are here to stay. King County law enforcement is yet again putting extra officers on the road until September 2, 2013. The current emphasis patrol is entitled, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’. This is a national campaign conducted by the National… Continue Reading »