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October 2011 Archives

State domestic violence programs face deep funding cuts

The Columbian reports that the Department of Social and Health Services will soon be reducing funding for state-funded domestic violence programs across Washington. These organizations recently received notice that their funding will be reduced by 25 percent beginning on January 1, 2012, and an additional 50 percent will be taken away as of July 1, 2012.

Sergeant involved in DUI rubber-stamping violated police policy

Last month, we noted that several officers in the Seattle Police Department had been accused earlier this year of violating the department's arrest-screening policy after it was discovered that they had been certifying DUI arrests without obtaining the approval of their supervisor.

Feds campaign on dangers of drugged driving, especially for young

Drugged driving recently became a spotlight issue after it was announced that the National Drug Control Policy and Mothers Against Drunk Driving announced they would be teaming up to conduct a public awareness campaign to educate the public on the issue.

Vancouver man technically not impaired during fatal accident, P.2

In our previous post, we spoke about the case of a 24-year-old Vancouver man who has been charged with vehicular homicide in connection with a car wreck that killed his passenger. The young man, as we said, had reportedly smoked marijuana prior to the crash, though he was not technically impaired under Washington DUI law, which doesn't define specific limits on drugs for purposes of DUI charges.

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