I just got home from a wonderful Seahawks game at Century Link Field. It was a glorious September day in Seattle and I was so happy to enjoy it with my eight year old son. He aptly pointed out that almost everyone was drinking beer. It reminded of several times where I have had clients who were arrested coming home from a Seahawks or Husky game. And unlike Husky Stadium being "dry," Century Link Field serves alcohol.
Fans of these games usually celebrate for hours before and after a game tailgating or visiting nearby establishments. And after hours of drinking alcohol, fans decision-making ability are compromised. With thousands of fans in attendance, there is always a significant amount of law enforcement running crowd patrol. As such, it is absolutely imperative that if a person is planning on driving to and from the game they must secure a safe ride home.
I have written extensively about the efforts of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission's Target Zero Team whose goal is to eliminate impaired driving fatalities by the year 2030. Last week, the Seattle Times published an article discussing between August 17th and September 3rd, local law enforcement conducting DUI emphasis patrols made a total of 364 King County DUI arrests. Suprisingly, this number is just shy of 20% below the number of King County DUI arrests during the same period a year ago (see article). Even football players are not immune to an arrest for DUI as we have seen in the case of Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch and his arrest in California earlier this year.
Over the past decade, I have represented dozens of people who had been arrested coming home a Seahawks or Husky game. In many instances, they were not even planning on driving home, but for some reason made a poor change of plans. At Wolff Criminal Defense, the attorneys are available 7 days a week to assist Washington drivers who have been arrested for suspicion of DUI. Whether it is you, a friend or family member, the most important thing a person can do following their arrest is contact an experienced DUI lawyer. Call the attorneys at Wolff Criminal Defense directly at 425-284-2000.