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State Troopers Team Up To Crack Down On Speeding And DUI During The Holiday Weekend

Washington State DUI News – Starting this evening at 6PM the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Washington State Patrol (WSP), and Oregon State Police (OSP) will be gearing up for the three state collaboration “I-5 Challenge” encouraging holiday drivers to follow driving laws while traveling along the I-5 corridor.  The goal of the “I-5 Challenge” is to educate drivers and to reduce and eliminate fatalities during the holiday season.  The three states announced the following challenge to west coast travelers:  Arrive Alive on I-5 this holiday weekend.

CHP, WSP, and OSP will be focused on stopping travelers that are speeding, driving recklessly, driving while distracted (on cell phones etc.), driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs and/or alcohol, and failing to use safety belts or child safety seats.  The increased patrols will be located all along Interstate 5 from the southern city of San Diego California, through Oregon, and as far north as Bellingham, Washington.  The “I-5 Challenge” runs from November 27th through Thanksgiving weekend and will end on December 1st.

The state patrol has provided drivers four simple strategies to follow to make for safe holiday travel.

  1. Slow Down
  2. Pack Your Patience
  3. Drive Sober
  4. Buckle UP

If the Washington State Highway Patrol arrests you for reckless driving or DUI during the holidays, call David O Defense (206) 459-6392 immediately to speak directly with a highly qualified criminal defense attorney.

 

Written by S.O

Washington State Lawmakers Push For DUI Check Points

DUI News – State lawmakers and advocates are at it again, trying to change the law and amend the constitution to legalize random DUI check points here in Washington State.  The legalization of DUI check points would allow law enforcement to stop vehicles without legal cause and investigate individuals for possible driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.  Why try again?  Supporters of DUI check points are convinced individuals will think twice about drunk driving knowing they could be stopped at a DUI sobriety check point and thus drunk driving would decrease.

Democratic State Representative Roger Goodman, of Kirkland, appears to be a supporting forefront voice on the controversial issue saying, “We’ve made a lot of progress in enacting DUI laws, but there’s one missing piece and that’s the sobriety checkpoints, which have been shown to reduce deaths by 25 to 30 percent in other states that have them.”  According to Goodman, 38 states nationwide and the District of Columbia currently have similar DUI check point laws in place.

Goodman, other lawmakers, MADD, and advocates for victims and survivors of drunk driving accidents have banded together knowing they have an extremely tough uphill battle to try to pass random DUI check points into law.  Past attempts to move DUI check points into law have all failed due to Washington State’s constitution having very strict privacy laws.  A report produced by the lawmakers and advocates will likely be handed over to state officials on December 4th to continue their push forward for DUI check points.

Those opposing DUI check points are not lying low, they are loudly voicing violations of State and Federal constitutional rights.  Many are saying Washington State is unique for having strict privacy laws and it should stay that way.  Doug Honig with the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) of Washington State, shared his stance saying, “In our society, if you’re out and about on the highway and you aren’t doing anything wrong, law enforcement shouldn’t be stopping you.”  He continued, “It’s a matter of general freedom in our society.”

This issue of legalizing DUI check points is difficult, on one hand we want to keep all people safe, on the other hand it would cost the right to privacy while driving.  When it comes to civil liberties I think it is wise to remember the old saying, “If you give them an inch, they will take a mile.”  Meaning, if we give up our right to privacy while driving and allow police officers to investigate anyone for possible DUI what will come next… allowing random searches of vehicles… or allowing law enforcement to enter homes without cause or warrant?  The more we allow law enforcement to encroach on our daily lives, the less freedom we truly have.

The information above was derived from the article Sobering idea?  State floats idea of random DUI check points, written by Lindsay Cohen, Nov. 6th 2013 and can be found on Kiro.com.

 

Written by S.O

 

 

Man With A History Of 6 Prior DUI Arrests… Is Arrested For DUI Again

Browsing through Kirotv.com, I came across a news article published on September 24th, 2013, describing Brian Robert Gramento, a man recently arrested for drunk driving, totaling his DUI arrests to at least 7.  To make matters worse, the 32-year-old was driving drunk while he had his three young children in the back of his car, ages 4, 6, and 7.

This was not the first time, Gramanto was arrested for DUI while having his kids in the car.  Back in March of 2012, Brian Gramento was heading home with his kids in tow when he was pulled over in University Place.  According to Pierce County Sheriff’s reports, Gramanto “was wearing a drinking bracelet which shows he was carded at a drinking establishment like a bowling alley indicating he was old enough to drink.”  The report also indicated that all three kids in the back of his car were his kids and were the ages of 3, 4, and 5.

With Brian Gramento’s most recent DUI arrest, he and his kids were heading home from the Western Washington State Fair in Puyallup shortly before midnight.  Allegedly, Gramento failed to stop at a stop sign and then proceeded to crash into the side of police officer’s car.

Puyallup Police reported, “the strong odor of intoxicants coming from Gramento’s breath and person.” Gramento admitting to drinking at the fair and was arrested for DUI.  He was carted off to Pierce County jail where his bail was  set at $200,000.

Commander Scott Engle shared his arresting officer’s concerns, “The officer was concerned about the driver’s safety, but more importantly, the children’s safety.”

Brian Gramento has had an extensive history of alcohol related criminal offenses.  Since 1999, Gramento has been placed into county jail at least 15 times, of which 14 of those involved alcohol.  Other criminal charges he has racked up include felony DUI, reckless driving, and reckless endangerment.

In addition to this newest DUI charge, Gramento will likely face charges of failure to install an ignition interlock device and driving without a valid drivers license.  Both of which had been court ordered during his previous DUI sentencing, which he served 7 months jail time.

Personally I feel drivers like Brian Gramento are the really dangerous drunk drivers.  For some reason, they have slipped through the effectiveness of court ordered alcohol education classes.  They fail to comply with court ordered installation of ignition interlock devices and they disregard the fact they don’t have a valid driver’s license.  They continuously endanger themselves and others.  In Gramento’s situation, he has selfishly put his children’s lives at risk at least twice now by having them in the car while driving drunk.

It is obvious from repeat DUI offender cases such as Brian Gramento and Mark Mullins (see my blog Mark Mullins Pleads Guilty To DUI Fatalities for more info) to why Washington State legislature is working so diligently to amend and/or add new DUI laws to include harsher penalties and better treatment solutions.

Keep following David O Defense for updates and news on Washington State’s DUI laws.

 

Written by S.O

 

 

 

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