drunk driving http://kplu.org en Washington's New 24/7 Sobriety Program Runs Into Snags http://kplu.org/post/washingtons-new-247-sobriety-program-runs-snags <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/140483333&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>It’s been nearly a year since a repeat drunk driver caused a horrific accident in north Seattle.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new mother, her 10-day-old baby and her in-laws were run down as they crossed the street. The grandparents were killed, and the mother and her baby were critically injured.</span></p><p>That tragedy and other high-profile drunk driving crashes prompted Washington lawmakers to authorize a pilot program to test repeat drunk drivers twice-a-day to see if they have been drinking.</p><p>But the 24/7 Sobriety program has run into legal and financial snags.</p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 15063 at http://kplu.org Washington's New 24/7 Sobriety Program Runs Into Snags Designated Drivers Often Fail To Abstain From Drinking http://kplu.org/post/designated-drivers-often-fail-abstain-drinking We might need to change the definition of a designated driver from noble abstainer to something along the lines of not as drunk as you.<p>The idea of having one person in a group agree not to drink so that everyone else can get home safely after a night of alcohol-fueled fun has been promoted as a way to reduce the dangers of drunken driving, especially among teenagers and young adults.<p>But when researchers put the idea to the test, the results weren't all that reassuring. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 15:48:33 +0000 9030 at http://kplu.org Designated Drivers Often Fail To Abstain From Drinking Drunk drivers who kill could face stiffer sentences http://kplu.org/post/drunk-drivers-who-kill-could-face-stiffer-sentences <p>Drunk drivers who cause deadly accidents in Washington rarely spend more than two years in prison. A bill working its way through the state legislature would increase the maximum sentence to eight years.</p><p>Prosecutors and people who&#39;ve lost loved ones to accidents caused by drunk drivers say it&#39;s about time. Wed, 15 Feb 2012 18:58:17 +0000 Paula Wissel 4162 at http://kplu.org