What are Washington State's Drunk Driving Laws?

What Are The Drunk Driving Laws In Washington State?

Washington State law provides that the drivers on the road have the duty to not operate a motor vehicle when under the influence of alcohol. See RCW 46.61.502. A DUI arrest in Washington means license suspension, jail time, and up to $5,000 in fines and fees. You may be ordered to install and pay for a device (called an ignition interlock) that won’t allow your car to start if you have any alcohol in your system. The court can order you to pay for and attend alcohol or drug treatment.

Does Washington State Have A Dram Shop Law?

Dram shop laws make it possible for bar owners and alcohol servers to be held financially liable if a customer becomes obviously intoxicated on their premises and subsequently injures someone or causes property damage, typically by driving drunk. Washington State law forbids the selling of alcohol 'to any person apparently under the influence of liquor.’ See RCW 66.44.200(1).

Washington State's 'Drive Hammered-Get Nailed' Program

drive hammered get nailedWashington State Patrol helps to enforce the Washington Traffic Safety Commission's "Drive Hammered-Get Nailed" campaign to catch drunk drivers.  This program puts many more DUI task forces out on Washington streets, roads, and highways throughout the state between mid-August and early September. The idea is to catch more drunk drivers during the days and weeks surrounding Labor Day weekend in order to stop the drunk driver before they do any damage to themselves or others.

Tie One On For Safety Campaign

MADD Washington State Tie One On For Safety Red Ribbon CampaignTo raise awareness the Washington State chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is working with a number of law enforcement agencies and first responders in Washington State that will be placing red ribbons on fleet vehicles to remind drivers not to drive drunk this holiday season, and every day of the year.

The Critical Role Played by Law Enforcement in the Fight Against Drunk Driving in Washington State

Davis Law Group recognizes that law enforcement officials in Washington State are the heroes who keep our roads safe. High-visibility law enforcement programs such as Target Zero, Drive Hammered Get Nailed, DUI Checkpoints and increased patrols during holiday weekends, special events, concerts and ballgames catches drunk drivers and discourages drunk driving. Davis Law Group would like to thank the Washington State Patrol, the Seattle Police Department's DUI Squad, the King County Sheriff's Office, and all of the other city, county and state law enforcement and agencies such as the Washington Traffic Safety Commission which keep Washington State citizens safe.