DUI Enforcers!


  • Monday, April 16, 2012 11:36 AM | Anonymous

    The DEA National Forensic Laboratory Information System (NFLIS) systematically collects results from drug chemistry analyses conducted by state and local forensic laboratories across the country. As a national drug forensic laboratory reporting system, NFLIS provides timely and detailed analytical results of drugs seized by law enforcement.  It is a unique source of information for monitoring and understanding drug abuse and trafficking in the United States, including the diversion of legally manufactured drugs into illegal markets. Findings from NFLIS can also supplement existing drug data sources, including information from drug demand surveys and drug testing programs.  The full report is here.


    From January 2011 through June 2011, an estimated 484,684 distinct drug cases were submitted to State and local laboratories in the United States and analyzed by September 30, 2011 . From these cases, an estimated 827,157 drug reports were identified .

    Cannabis/THC was the most frequently reported drug (277,291), followed by cocaine (166,001), methamphetamine (78,889), and heroin (56,892) . The four most frequently reported drugs accounted for 70% of all drug reports .

    Nationally, reports of oxycodone, hydrocodone, alprazolam, clonazepam, buprenorphine, and amphetamine increased significantly from the first half of 2001 through the first half of 2011 (p < .05) .

    Regionally, reports of hydrocodone and clonazepam per 100,000 persons (aged 15 or older) increased significantly in all four U .S . census regions from the first six months of 2001 through the first six months of 2011 . Reports of oxycodone, alprazolam, and amphetamine per 100,000 persons increased significantly in the Midwest, Northeast, and South . Buprenorphine increased significantly in the West, Midwest, and Northeast .

    More than 72% of narcotic analgesic reports were oxycodone or hydrocodone . Alprazolam accounted for 52% of tranquilizer and depressant reports . MDMA accounted for 32% of hallucinogen reports, and methamphetamine accounted for 83% of stimulant reports .

    From the first half of 2001 through the first half of 2011, cannabis/THC reports per 100,000 persons increased significantly in the Northeast, but decreased significantly in the remaining three U .S . census regions . Cocaine reports decreased significantly in all U .S . census regions . During this same period, methamphetamine reports decreased significantly in the West and Midwest and

    increased significantly in the South . Heroin reports increased significantly in the Midwest . MDMA

    reports per 100,000 persons increased significantly in the Midwest, but decreased significantly in the South .

    Cannabis/THC was the most frequently reported drug in the Midwest (45%), Northeast (34%), and South (30%), and methamphetamine was the most frequently reported drug in the

    West (29%) .

    Nationwide, cannabis/THC, cocaine, and methamphetamine reports exhibited significant decreasing trends between the first six months of 2001 and the first six months of 2011 .

  • Thursday, April 12, 2012 7:42 AM | Anonymous


    A Word from MADD's National President

    This April 16th marks a significant anniversary for me and my family. It seems like it was only yesterday when my daughter, Alisa, was enjoying her spring vacation by spending the night at her best friend’s home. They were only 15 years old, with their futures shining brightly before them. But because a 17-year-old decided to drive after drinking, Alisa was killed that evening. That was 20 years ago next week, and my heart is still longing to kiss her one last time.

    April begins prom and graduation season. That is why April 21st is our national PowerTalk21 day. Now is a critical time for parents to begin conversations about the dangers of drinking before age 21, and it is important to continue those conversations frequently. Research shows that three out of four teens say that their parents are the number one influence on their decisions about drinking. Parents, I urge you to have those conversations and keep them going. Also, remind your kids to never ride in the car with someone who has been drinking. Our Power of Parents handbook can help you with suggestions on how to have those discussions.

      Not sure how to do it?  Get a copy of the MADD handbook here. 

  • Friday, March 23, 2012 10:25 AM | Anonymous
    The latest copy of the Drug Enforcement Agency's Newsletter, the Microgram, is available here. 
  • Thursday, March 22, 2012 11:15 AM | Anonymous

    This issue includes legal analysis on the recent Kentucky vs. King decision.  The opinion is important not just because it decides another exigent circumstance case, but because it includes valuble insight into the leanings of our current Supreme Court Justices on 4th Amendment search and seizure cases.  The article and the full FBI bulletin is here.

  • Thursday, March 22, 2012 10:57 AM | Anonymous
    NHTSA updated their prior report and graphics on 2010 data regarding crash statistics.  This is the latest data available from NHTSA and a great tool for understanding where we are and how we are doing on vehicular crashes.    The report is here. 
  • Wednesday, March 14, 2012 10:35 AM | Anonymous

    The Washington Traffic Safety Commission is serious about helping judges in DUI cases.  In 2012 they committed $50,000 to begin a comprehensive summary of DUI law for judges in the form of a Benchbook.   The WTSC has now released a Request For Proposal (RFP) to find a coordinator to head up that effort.   A copy of the RFP is attached here.   Proposals are due April 30 to WTSC. 


  • Friday, March 09, 2012 7:47 AM | Anonymous

    This bill covers a lot of DUI terrritory:  from Superior Court jurisdiction in DUI cases (now 5 years) to expanding DUI courts (now allowed in Municipal Courts) to expanded Ignition Interlock coverage and users fees, to revising the definition of "drug" to include inhalants and new novel chemicals of abuse.  The bill was a high priority for the Impaired driving section---but credit for its passage goes to a great group of committed folks.  Many thanks to everyone for their dedication and heroic efforts to keep this bill from dying when it really looked dark!!


    The full text of the bill is here.


    Below is the message from the prime Sponsor, Rep. Roger Goodman:


    Great news!  This evening, with fewer than six hours remaining in the 2012 session, the State Senate finally took up our DUI bill and approved it by a vote of 49-0; and a few moments ago we just voted 98-0 here in the House to approve the final bill and send it to the Governor!  Below you will find a staff summary of the Senate amendments to the bill.

    Thanks VERY much to each of you, from the Washington State Patrol to MADD to our colleagues in the justice system, for your strong advocacy that helped loosen up the bill in the last minute to get it passed before we adjourn.  Thanks also for your substantive input that helped us fashion such a strong piece of legislation.  Once enacted into law, HB 2443 will further save lives and reduce injuries on our roadways.  We should feel very gratified with our success.

    Once again, thank you all!


    Roger Goodman

    State Representative, 45th District

    Washington State Legislature

    office:  360-786-7878

    email:   goodman.roger@leg.wa.gov

  • Monday, March 05, 2012 8:53 AM | Anonymous

    In HB 2216, the legislature unanimously increased penalties for felony DUI defendants who kill.  The bill now goes to the governor for signature.  The bill increases penalties from the prior standard range of 31-41 months for a Level 9, to that equivalent to the Level 11 Manslaughter range, 78-101 months.   This means a minimum jail sentence of 6.5 years for DUI defendants who kill. 

    Special thanks to Amy Freedheim, King County Prosecutor's Office, for her support and advocacy!   A shout out also to MADD and the many victims of DUI who provided countless hours in support of this important law.  

    The bill, as passed, is here.

  • Monday, February 27, 2012 2:33 PM | Anonymous

    The Drug Enforcement Agency's "Microgram" regarding unusual drug evidence and cases is attached here. 

  • Friday, February 24, 2012 8:06 AM | Anonymous

    Effective March 1, 2012, the Canadian Border Service permits border agents the discretion to admit Americans with only 1 DUI and less than six months jail ordered, into Canada. 

    The new "Tourism Facilitation Action Plan" does not change Canadian law, only how border agents are expected to enforce it.  The new policy applies to all limited criminal background (not just DUI), requires some additional paperwork processing for U.S. citizens, but will not require a fee.  Canadian tourism and businesses in general cheer the more liberal interpretation--having been hit hard by the strict post-9/11 laws.      To see Operational Bulletin 389, go here.  To see an article on the new policy go here. 

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