Most Seattle residents don't expect to end up in a deadly car accident after enjoying a few drinks, but that's exactly what can happen when an inebriated person attempts to drive. One bad decision can cause lifelong penalties, such as permanent injury or a criminal record, and multiple offenses can even result in a felony conviction. People who want to avoid a serious DUI charge must take steps to understand their rights, the court process and any legal options for a strong defense.
State troopers in Washington issued a warning about drunk driving after a string of DUI-related traffic violations during the 2013 President's Day weekend. Reports say a 29-year-old woman suspected of intoxicated driving swerved from the road, and her vehicle appears to have been hurled through the air. Footage of the aftermath apparently shows the totaled vehicle turned sideways in a patch of trees, and police believe the woman was stuck in the car for hours before the vehicle was spotted.
Officials say they encountered other close shaves over the weekend, including a driver traveling in the wrong direction on Highway 101. According to reports, the driver thought he was driving on a highway in a different part of the state. In two Washington counties, Pierce and Thurston, state authorities reportedly made 55 arrests for DUI-related offenses over the holiday weekend.
One state trooper made statements on a social networking site that suggest the 29-year-old woman may be a repeat DUI offender. The trooper encouraged others to find safe, alternative methods of transportation if they've been drinking, such as cabs or designated drivers.
While it may seem reasonable to indulge during holidays and vacations, people are still required to practice responsible driving and respect traffic laws. Even with a legal blood alcohol content level, drivers may have difficulty operating a vehicle correctly and run the risk of being stopped by law enforcement. To avoid serious penalties or conviction, anyone accused of drunk driving should have an attorney examine the details of their case in order to learn more about the best approach to a solid DUI defense.
Source: KOMOnews.com, "DUI warning issued after woman is trapped for hours in crash," Mark Miller, Feb. 17, 2013