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Is impaired driving an issue in weed-legal states?

Washington is one of 17 states where recreational marijuana is legal (not including the District of Columbia and Guam), and as more and more states consider lifting the ban on recreational cannabis use, a growing number of motorists are wondering how safe it is to drive after using it. The dangers of drunk driving have...

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Clark County facing surge of distracted drivers

Cities and states across the country have long been dealing with the nationwide epidemic of distracted driving, but a recent surge of distracted drivers has prompted Washington state's Traffic Safety Commission to beef up enforcement patrols in Clark County this month - which also happens to be "Distracted Driving Awareness Month." Washington law enforcement agencies...

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How to investigate a trucking company after a crash

For a variety of reasons, accidents that involve commercial trucks can make for some of the most complicated personal injury cases. Frequently there are multiple vehicles involved. There may be as many as a dozen different defendants. Injuries tend to be serious or even fatal. Trucking companies tend to carry large insurance policies (frequently anywhere...

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What are the risks of driving at night?

Winter is the darkest time of the year. In urban areas such as Vancouver, drivers are often at risk of hitting pedestrians and bicyclists at night. The driving risk becomes even greater in rural areas, which make up the vast majority of Washington. Poor visibility, fatigue, and unfavorable weather conditions often play a role in...

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Are Vancouver pedestrians safer at marked crosswalks than at unmarked crosswalks?

Many roadways have designated and marked areas where pedestrians must cross, but not all crossing areas are marked with painted lines. Washington state law (RCW 46.61.235) requires that drivers stop and remain stopped when pedestrians and cyclists are crossing the street. This applies to both marked cross walks and unmarked crosswalks at intersections. Under RCW...

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Tips on how to deal with aggressive drivers

We all come across other drivers who are in a hurry or take their frustration out on others for reasons we're not aware of. Aggressive driving may include tailgating, yelling, making disrespectful gestures and driving in a way that puts others in danger. According to the NHTSA, the most common causes of aggressive driving include:...

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Can alcohol detection systems prevent fatal crashes?

Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of catastrophic and deadly collisions in the United States. In fact, 10,511 people were killed in drunk driving crashes nationwide throughout 2018 — 166 of those deaths were in Washington State. On a national scale, drunk driving is the cause of about 30 percent of all road...

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