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  • Thursday, May 30, 2013 7:31 AM | Anonymous

    Register by June 1st for September 15 Magnuson Park Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Seattle to receive discounted registration!

    Why register now? By registering in advance of the event you are helping us plan for your attendance. We are excited to have some fun giveaways provided by our sponsors and we want to make sure you have an opportunity to receive them. Plus, every time someone registers for the event that puts a smile on our face and reminds us that we belong to a community that cares about keeping our friends and families safe! 

    Meet MADD National President, Jan Withers

    Jan Withers is scheduled to attend this year's Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Seattle event. Come meet Jan and learn why she is passionate about eliminating drunk driving and preventing underage drinking. Show Jan that we are a community that cares and won't stop until we eliminate drunk driving!

    Register Now!

    To form a new team and register as a team captain click here. To join an existing team click here. To register as an individual walker or runner click here. 

  • Monday, May 20, 2013 8:41 AM | Anonymous

    Sporting its new logo, the Washington State Liquor Control Board issued its proposed 46 page rules for overseeing the seed-to-sale oversight of legal marijuana in Washington.  The rules cover all aspects for regulating the growing, warehousing, labeling, marketing, distribution, and sale of Washington marijuana.  The rules may be seen here: Draft-Rules-05-16-13.pdf 

    An example of proposed labeling for dry marijuana: 

    WS marijuana label

  • Tuesday, May 14, 2013 9:22 AM | Anonymous

    At a meeting in Washington, the National Transportation Safety Board is recommending that all 50 states lower the threshold to reduce the nation's drunk driving death toll, which has plateaued at about 10,000 deaths a year. A vote on the recommendation is expected to take place immediately.

    Lowering the rate to 0.05 would save about 500 to 800 lives every year, NTSB staff members said, and is a crucial part of the board's attempt to eliminate drunken driving in the United States

    See the full CNN story at: http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/14/us/ntsb-blood-alcohol/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

  • Tuesday, May 14, 2013 9:18 AM | Anonymous

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    On May 14, 1988, 25 years ago today, a school bus carrying 67 people, nearly all of them children, was returning from a church youth group field trip to an amusement park. While they were driving through Carroll County, KY, a drunk driver driving on the wrong side of the road crashed into the bus head-on. The fiery crash killed 27 people – 24 children, the bus driver and two adult chaperones – and injured 34 others.

    With your support, we’ve come a long way in drunk driving awareness, education and prevention in the past 25 years. But we have so much left to do. Still today, 27 people die each day as a result of drunk driving -- the equivalent of one Kentucky bus crash every day. 

    As a part of the crash anniversary, MADD is partnering with the filmmakers behind a new feature documentary film, IMPACT: AFTER THE CRASH, which tells some of the powerful stories of loss and healing through interviews with many of the crash survivors and victims’ family members. MADD, the filmmakers, crash survivors, victims’ families and local residents will hold a public memorial honoring the victims and survivors of the crash. There will also be a private screening of IMPACT, as well as the first public screening of the film.

    This week, we honor and remember those impacted by the tragic Kentucky bus crash, and hope that their stories of survivorship will inspire others in their healing journey.

    Warmly,

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    Jan Withers
    MADD National President

    Survivors of the Worst Drunk Driving Crash in History Look Back

    http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20700091,00.html

  • Wednesday, April 17, 2013 6:56 PM | Anonymous

    The US Supreme court held that an officer forceably taking blood evidence from a DUI suspect after probable cause but without any exigent circumstances, is an unreasonble search in violation of the 4th Amendment.   The court narrowed the interpretation of prior cases on this point (Schmerber), concluding that the dissipation of alcohol was only one factor to consider in the evaluation of exigent circumstances.  The opinion rejects a per se approach to warrantless blood testing and compels a case-by-case evaluation of the totality of the facts.  

    The full case is available here: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/11-1425_cb8e.pdf

  • Thursday, March 14, 2013 11:05 AM | Anonymous

    NTSB Recommends Ignition Interlocks for All First-Time DWI Offenders and Endorses Development of Passive Alcohol-Detection Technology

    In its study on wrong-way driving crashes adopted today, the National Transportation Safety Board cited alcohol-impaired driving as the leading cause of these collisions and recommended that all first-offender alcohol-impaired drivers be required to have ignition interlocks installed on their personal vehicles.

    The text of the press release can be found here

    A list of the report’s conclusions can be found here

    A fact sheet summarizing the key findings can be found here

    National media:

    Washington Post article can be found here

    Los Angeles Times article can be found here

  • Friday, February 15, 2013 11:14 AM | Anonymous

    DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY ANNOUNCE LAUNCH OF NATIONAL COMMISSION ON FORENSIC SCIENCE

     

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today the establishment of a National Commission on Forensic Science as part of a new initiative to strengthen and enhance the practice of forensic science. The National Commission on Forensic Science will be composed of approximately 30 members, bringing together forensic science service practitioners, academic researchers, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges and other relevant stakeholders to develop policy recommendations for the Attorney General. The commission will consider guidance on practices for federal, state and local forensic science laboratories developed by groups of forensic science practitioners and academic researchers administered by NIST. 

     

    “Forensic science is an essential tool in the administration of justice and needs to be continually evaluated as science progresses,” said Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole. “Forensic science helps identify perpetrators, convict the guilty, exonerate the innocent, and protect public safety. This initiative is led by the principle that scientifically valid and accurate forensic analysis strengthens all aspects of our justice system.” 

     

    The full Press Release is here. 

     

  • Monday, January 28, 2013 10:05 AM | Anonymous

    In ASA vs. DEA, the DC Circuit was asked to decide whether the DEA properly classified Marijuana as a Schedule1 drug--a drug having no accepted medical use.  The court concluded that the DEA did not abuse its discretion in concluding that as of 2011-the scientific studies do not support a conclusion that marijuana has an accepted medical use.  The court supported the DEA assessment that simply because States are making marijuana legal under state law does not affect scientific acceptance.  In the absence of scientific studies, DEA can continue to keep marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug. 

    The full Opinion may be found here:ASA vs. DEA (2012) 

  • Thursday, December 20, 2012 10:17 AM | Anonymous

    The state supreme court today reinstated the Felony DUI conviction of a Grant County driver.  The Court of Appeals had reversed Mr. Arreola's conviction concluding it was a pretext stop, which violated the driver's constitutional rights.  While the officer had suspicions the driver was intoxicated because of an earlier DUI complaint, the officer stopped the car for a muffler violation.   In this "mixed motive" circumstance, where officers have both lawful and unlawful basis for a stop, the State Supreme Court concluded that officers are allowed to exercise their discretion to make the stop.

    The ruling was critical to the success of the Target Zero Teams concept funded by the legislature and the centerpiece for DUI enforcement in urban areas.  If the earlier court of appeals decision on Arreola had survived, many DUI investigations would likely have been reversed because DUI teams are trained to look for infractions that indirectly suggest DUI driving.   Under the court of appeals reasoning, stopping a driver for having their headlights out, when the DUI emphasis officer was highly motivated by DUI investigations, would likely have doomed the arrest.   

    The new Arreola opinion makes clear that officers who regularly enforce the traffic code can continue to do so without fear that DUI suspicions will overshadow the stop.   

    The majority opinion is here.    The two member dissent is here. 

  • Wednesday, December 19, 2012 8:31 AM | Anonymous

    PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (AP) Matt Bush, a former top overall major league draft pick, has been sentenced to four years and three months in prison for a drunken driving hit-and-run crash in Florida.

    As part of a deal, the 27-year-old pleaded no contest Tuesday to driving under the influence with serious bodily injury. Six other counts in the March crash were dropped. Because it's his third DUI, Bush will also lose his license for 10 years. He has already spent nine months in jail.

    Bush's attorney, Russell Kirshy, called the deal fair.

    Authorities say Bush's blood alcohol level was 0.18 percent - more than twice the legal limit - when he hit 72-year-old Tony Tufano's motorcycle and left the scene in North Port, about 40 miles northwest of Fort Myers.

    Bush was the top pick in 2004 and pitched in the minors. The Tampa Bay Rays released him in October.

    The Associated Press
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