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NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor sentenced in DUI case

Football fans in Washington and around the country will likely remember Lawrence Taylor best for the way he dominated defenses in the 1980s and redefined the middle linebacker position, but they may also be aware that the NFL Hall of Famer has had more than his fair share of off-the-field problems. A New York judge ordered six years of probation after the former New York Giant admitted to sexual misconduct and using the services of a prostitute in 2011, and Taylor was sentenced to a further year of probation on June 19 after pleading guilty to a drunk driving charge in Florida.

Tiger Woods blames DUI arrest on prescription medicine

Although Tiger Woods has not competed since the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in early 2017, Seattle golf fans saw him hit the headlines again when law enforcement authorities in Florida arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence. Woods released a public statement concerning the incident. He said that a mix of prescription medications caused his apparent intoxication.

Daughter of David Hasselhoff charged with DUI

Washington residents may have heard that the daughter of David Hasselhoff was found passed out behind the wheel of her vehicle by police. Authorities say that her car had come to a complete stop at a California freeway off-ramp when witnesses called them for help at about 4 a.m. on May 13. When police made contact with the woman, they found that she was asleep with her foot on the brake pedal.

Reducing fatal crashes with ignition interlock laws

Drunk driving was a factor in almost one-third of all of the motor vehicle crash fatalities in the United States in 2014. According to researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, state laws that require the use of ignition interlocks for all individuals who have been convicted of a drunk driving offense may decrease the number of deadly drunk driving crashes. Washington is one of those mandatory states.

Driving under the influence of illicit drugs

Driving under the influence of drugs is risky business anywhere, but there continues to be an upsurge in reported drug use among drivers across the country, including Washington and the rest of the Pacific Northwest. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report points out that 20 percent of drivers tested in 2014 were under the influence of drugs while operating a vehicle. Another study in 2011 showed college students tend to be involved in drugged driving incidents as often as they are implicated in alcohol related cases.

Colts player charged with DUI after golf cart incident

Seattle Seahawks fans may be interested to learn that a defensive lineman for the Indianapolis Colts, David Parry, was charged with DUI and auto theft on Feb. 25 after what appeared to be a wild night of partying. According to Scottsdale, Arizona, authorities, Parry was accused of stealing a golf cart and crashing it into a gate.

NFL star faces lengthy suspension after DUI guilty plea

The penalties for drunk driving can be severe in Washington and around the country, and the DUI case of NFL wide receiver Michael Floyd serves as a reminder that getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol can have serious professional as well as legal repercussions. The former Arizona Cardinal and current New England Patriot was charged with extreme DUI in December, and he could be facing a lengthy suspension after entering a guilty plea on Feb. 16.

Proposed bill would lower BAC limit to .05 percent

Seattle motorists who have been charged with DUI and who had a blood alcohol level under .08 percent can argue that they were not legally intoxicated. However, a bill has been proposed that would lower the legal blood alcohol limit from .08 to .05. On Feb. 7, testimony in favor of the proposed legislation was presented to a state House of Representatives committee.

The Breathalyzer and DUI charges

The Breathalyzer, which can provide a quick measurement of a person's blood alcohol concentration level, is only one of many kinds of evidence that can be used against a person who has been charged with a DUI. Washington drivers should be aware that passing a BAC test does not mean an automatic acquittal.

Young men drive while impaired more than other groups

Young Washington men between the ages of 21 and 25 are part of the group with the highest rate of impaired driving. On the national level, this translates into 20 percent of men in this age group driving after drinking in 2014 according to a survey sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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