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Washington Bars That Cause the Most DUIs

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | May 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

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:

  1. Jazzbones, Tacoma — 179 DUI stops
  2. McCloud's Saloon, Bremerton — 151 DUI stops
  3. Wayne's Inn Bar and Grill, Puyallup — 130 DUI stops
  4. Muckleshoot Casino, Auburn — 120 DUI stops
  5. Jake's on 4th — 118 DUI stops
  6. Joker's Comedy Club, Richland — 101 DUI stops
  7. Schafer's Bar and Grill, Sumner — 100 DUI stops
  8. Masa, Tacoma — 98 DUI stops
  9. Snoqualmie Casino, Snoqualmie — 80 DUI stops
  10. The Viking, Lacey — 79 DUI stops
  11. Lady Luck's Cowgirl Up Steakhouse and Saloon — 79 DUI stops
  12. Jack-son's Sports Bar, Yakima — 78 DUI stops
  13. Rumors Cabaret, Bellingham — 75 DUI stops
  14. Emerald Queen Casino, Fife — 73 DUI stops
  15. Papa's Sports Lounge and Casino, Moses Lake — 69 DUI stops
  16. O'Finnigan's Pub, Everett —68 DUI stops
  17. Juanita Pub, Kirkland — 67 DUI stops
  18. Safeco Field, Seattle — 66 DUI stops
  19. Moondogs, Too — 63 DUI stops
  20. 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.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI, you need to speak to an experienced DUI attorney. Call our offices today at (206) 504-2500 to schedule a free consultation.

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Aaron J. Wolff

A former DUI prosecutor, Aaron Wolff has over 16 years of experience in representing people accused of DUI and is recognized as one of the leading defense lawyers in Washington State. His relentless and passionate advocacy has lead to superb ratings and outstanding reviews from former clients.

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