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Washington's Ax Throwing Venues Want to Serve Alcohol. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Feb 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

The company has seven locations across the country where people can go to hang out with friends and hurl hatchets at wooden, dartboard-like targets. At six of those seven venues, people can also drink — beer and wine and, in a few cases, even hard alcohol. The only exception is at the company's Seattle location, which opened in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in 2019. Will the locations ever get a liquor license?

Pandemic Drinking: Hospitals See More Liver Disease Patients During COVID-19

Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Feb 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

Before the pandemic, tens of millions of Americans struggled with alcohol addiction and there are indications that the problem is becoming more severe with effects that could far outlast the pandemic. According to a new report, hospitals across the country have seen a surge in the number of admissions for alcohol-related liver disease over the past 12 months.

Pandemic Traffic; Traffic is Down but Fatalities are Up?

Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Feb 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

One of the few good things that people have hailed during the coronavirus pandemic is reduced traffic around Puget Sound.  But new numbers from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) put a sobering spin on those shorter drive times. Though there are fewer cars on the road, more people are dying along the state's roadways. Why is that?

St Patrick's DUI Patrols

Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Mar 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Sunday, March 17th is St. Patrick's Day and one of America's most dangerous days on the highways.  Extra patrols will be on the roads statewide Sunday.  Remember, the only way you can assure you never get arrested for a DUI is to not drink and drive.  DUI patrols are currently underway nationwi...

Seafair 2017 BUI Enforcement Patrols

Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Aug 03, 2017 | 0 Comments

Boating Under the Influence in Washington State:  BUI Law 101  Its that time of the year when Seattle celebrates SeaFair.  It is also the time of the year that law enforcement makes their one and only attempt at enforcing state BUI laws.  And in their rush to get as many BUI arrests as humanly ...

Petition to Rewrite Distracted Driving Law

Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Jul 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Washington State Distracted Driving Law meeting resistance  A petition asking Washington state lawmakers to rewrite the new distracted driving law has over growing support. As of Wednesday morning, the campaign had over 26,800 signatures of its 15,000 goal. The Driving While Under the Influenc...

Seafair DUI and BUI

Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Aug 07, 2015 | 0 Comments

We are fast approaching one of our favorite past times in the Seattle area, Seafair weekend.  However, with weather anticipated to be in the high 80's and the Blue Angels return in recent years, the number of boaters on the lake will be met with a huge volume of law enforcement looking for impair...

Contact High, Still a DUI

Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Jul 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

As recreational marijuana use becomes legal, Washington state residents are now trying creative new excuses as to why they should not be charged with a marijuana DUI. In Spokane County, a teen driver tried to get out of an impaired driving arrest by arguing that he didn't smoke pot himself, but i...

Aldon Smith Receives Probation for DUI Charge

Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Jul 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Any bad news for the San Francisco 49ers is good news for the Seattle Seahawks. Last week, 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was sentenced to three years probation and 11 days community service following a no contest plea to a drunk driving and weapons charge, reports NESN. Smith had faced three felo...

Local Chef Maxime Bilet Charged With DUI

Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Jul 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

If you're into the modernist cuisine scene in Seattle, you may have heard of chef Maxime Bilet. However, the modernist chef recently made the news for all the wrong reasons. Instead of his food making the headlines, the author and chef is being accused of drunk driving and a hit-and-run following...

State Developing New Blood Warrant Database

Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Jul 03, 2014 | 0 Comments

Right now it can take a law enforcement officer up to four hours to receive a warrant to conduct a blood draw on a suspected drunk or drugged driver. In many cases, the suspect would have sobered up enough by the time of the blood draw making the results of the draw meaningless to support a DUI c...

'Drive High, Get a DUI Campaign' Begins

Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Jun 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) officially began their "Drive high, or get a DUI" campaign, reports The WTSC is beginning its campaign by airing three different television ads that use humor in depicting the dangers of driving under the influence of marijuana. The gist ...

Florida Judge Arrested for DUI at Courthouse

Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Jun 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

It seems like these stories only happen in Florida. Lawyers and court employees reportedly gawked from a courthouse as a well known Broward County judge slammed her BMW SUV into a parked police vehicle and then repeatedly slammed her vehicle into a gate at the court parking lot, reports The New Y...

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