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New Washington laws increase penalty for drivers using a smartphone or driving under the influence.
Drug-impaired driving has become a bigger problem in the United States than drunken driving, and law enforcement officers need more training to identify it, while the public needs to know that it is unsafe to drive high, according to a new report released this week.
The Moscow Police Department cracked down on distracted drivers this past weekend, making 276 traffic stops – and issuing citations in nearly a third of the stops – from Friday night through Sunday.
Pot-related fatal crashes in Washington spiked upward after marijuana was voted legal in the fall of 2012
Gonzaga University is joining other large organizations in the Spokane region to offer complimentary bus passes. Faculty, students and other staff will be eligible for the free passes starting in mid-September.
Five teens were injured Thursday morning in a one-vehicle rollover collision that appears to have been caused by impaired driving, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office said.
Two years ago this weekend, pot became legal in Washington. Only for adults, only when consumed in private and only if it was grown, processed and sold by state-licensed stores. But while some two dozen states allow some use of marijuana for medical purposes under some conditions, Washington went into the vanguard, with Colorado, by saying it could be consumed legally just for the fun of it.
OLYMPIA – Drunken drivers could face prison on their fourth conviction if the Legislature can find a way to pay for the extra burden on state prisons and county jails. One possible source of money: taxes the state currently collects on alcohol, and some of what it expects to collect for legal marijuana.
Extra law enforcement patrols are often on the road to crack down on drunken driving, but frequently the charge of driving under the influence is reduced as cases play out in court. Court records show 56 percent of DUI charges – or 310 charges out of 553 – were reduced in Spokane County from September 2011 through February 2012. In October alone, 65 of 102 charges were reduced, or 64 percent. That doesn’t include DUIs that were deferred or dismissed.
A retired Spokane firefighter with a history of impaired driving and a conviction for vehicular homicide was arrested again Thursday after a state trooper smelled alcohol on his breath. David W. Batty, 55, of Elk, had a blood-alcohol level of twice the legal limit for driving when he was stopped for speeding about 11:30 a.m. at milepost 310 on U.S. Highway 2, according to the Washington State Patrol.