Ever wonder which Washington bars produce the drunk drivers? The state Liquor and Cannabis board keeps a running tally.
State troopers who stop possibly drunk drivers ask the drivers to name the last place they had a drink. The police report the bar's name to a running database along with the date, location of the stop, and the blood alcohol level (BAC) of the driver. The state creates a Worst Offenders List in order to target points of “strategic interest” for potential DUIs. Drivers are not required to name the last bar that served them, that information is voluntary.
Through the database, the state hopes to better understand which bars over-serve their patrons. Previous entries in the database have included drivers with BAC levels over 0.30% who name specific bars that last served them alcohol. Those bars can be more closely monitored and penalized for serving patrons dangerous levels of alcohol.
The data is not available online but is open to public request. The Seattle Post-Intelligence, an online newspaper, reported on the top 20 bars that led to DUI's between January 1st, 2012 and January 1st, 2016:
- Jazzbones, Tacoma — 179 DUI stops
- McCloud's Saloon, Bremerton — 151 DUI stops
- Wayne's Inn Bar and Grill, Puyallup — 130 DUI stops
- Muckleshoot Casino, Auburn — 120 DUI stops
- Jake's on 4th — 118 DUI stops
- Joker's Comedy Club, Richland — 101 DUI stops
- Schafer's Bar and Grill, Sumner — 100 DUI stops
- Masa, Tacoma — 98 DUI stops
- Snoqualmie Casino, Snoqualmie — 80 DUI stops
- The Viking, Lacey — 79 DUI stops
- Lady Luck's Cowgirl Up Steakhouse and Saloon — 79 DUI stops
- Jack-son's Sports Bar, Yakima — 78 DUI stops
- Rumors Cabaret, Bellingham — 75 DUI stops
- Emerald Queen Casino, Fife — 73 DUI stops
- Papa's Sports Lounge and Casino, Moses Lake — 69 DUI stops
- O'Finnigan's Pub, Everett —68 DUI stops
- Juanita Pub, Kirkland — 67 DUI stops
- Safeco Field, Seattle — 66 DUI stops
- Moondogs, Too — 63 DUI stops
- Fast Eddie's Bar and Grill, Spokane — 63 DUI stops
While this data does shed light on bars that may be over-serving alcohol, the newspaper does note that thousands of drivers choose to not provide information on the last bar that served them alcohol, which skews the results. Many drivers who self-report might also name the wrong bar, being drunk at the time of questioning.
The newspaper also notes that some regional police departments are better than others at reporting DUI data.
The legal BAC level for drivers over 21 is 0.08%. Drivers under 21 are not allowed to have any alcohol in their system. In 2015, Washington courts reported 27,060 DUI charges, 12,533 of which were found guilty in court.
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