Driving in the winter can be difficult and there are many factors that can make the likelihood of a crash even higher. At times, operating a vehicle this time of year can be downright dangerous, but many people get behind the wheel because they have to go to work or take care of important responsibilities. As a driver, it is crucial for you to keep an eye out for potential hazards, especially those related to inclement weather during this season. For example, you might need to pay close attention to snow drifts.
Under Washington State criminal law Pretrial Conditions of Release (COR's) are legal restrictions ordered by a judge after someone has been accused of a crime, like Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Domestic Violence Assault (DV). Most people accused of a crime do not sit in jail while their criminal matter is pending resolution. On those cases COR's act like laws restricting the defendant's behavior while the case is pending. COR's remain in effect unless a judge amends or cancels them or until the criminal charge is resolved. If the COR's are violated, defendants may face more strict conditions or may even be booked into jail until the case is resolved.
Drivers become tired for a wide variety of reasons, including excessive work hours or overnight shifts, a sleeping disorder, and even the consumption of some types of medication. Sometimes, drivers are able to operate their vehicle without causing an accident when they are tired, but they still put lives at risk by driving drowsy. Sadly, driver fatigue is responsible for many fatal accidents and crashes which cause all sorts of serious injuries in the state of Washington. As a driver, it is crucial for you to recognize the warning signs and causes of fatigue before getting into your vehicle. Regrettably, many drivers ignore this advice and drowsy driving is far too prevalent across the country.
Christmas and New Years are supposed to be times for celebration. Many of us take time off from work to travel and visit family, reflect on the past year and prepare our resolutions for next year. In Spokane County and throughout the State of Washington, this can also be a dangerous time to be on the roadways. Although this year DUI arrests during Christmas through New Year's Day appear to be lower relative to prior years, the holiday season is typically a busy time for law enforcement officers who are trying to keep our roads safe from impaired drivers.