Monday, December 30, 2013

'RoboCop' takes on new starring role in NHTSA's new anti-DUI campaign

If you're a fan of the science fiction character called 'RoboCop' then you will want to check out the latest commercial put on by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA for short. Its pretty cool, almost like a mini movie or a movie trailer. Here is the link. RoboCop NHTSA.
The NY Daily news recently posted this on their website. 'RoboCop' has taken a serious stance against drunk driving this holiday season, or at least that's what a new public service announcement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows. Part of a $7.5 million ad campaign, the anti-drunk-driving clip is targeted to a period in the year when crashes involving alcohol increase 10 percent.
As a DUI Lawyer practicing in Seattle I think this is a pretty cool message. Clearly DUI's and alcohol related driving deaths are on the forefront of problems in our society. Sometimes people think just because Im a DUI lawyer that somehow I think these types of messages are BS and I'm in favor of DUIs. You should read some of the garbage people post in my comments section. So much crap that I eventually turned the comments section off because I was tired of reading how what I do is horrible and Im a bad person.
So let me set the record straight. I practice in an area of law where everyone is entitled to legal representation. I am in no way in favor of DUI's or alcohol driving related deaths. But at the same time when people make a mistake and get arrested for a DUI it is my job to help them out, navigate them through these tricky waters, and help them in any way I can. That is why people are afforded legal representation when charged with a crime. That is why the Constitution allows for it.
I never would wish what happened to that family in the Wedgewood neighborhood in Seattle on anyone. That was a horrible tragic Seattle DUI event. The individuals I represent are not that repeat drunk offender, who disobeyed court orders and continued to drink and drive. I would say 99% of my clients are first time offenders. They did not get into a car accident. Most of them have relatively low breath tests. They simply made a mistake and I help them as their Seattle DUI lawyer.
About the author: Matthew Leyba is a Seattle Bellevue DUI lawyer. His has been named a Rising Star among Seattle DUI Lawyers by the Seattle Met Magazine, an honor less than 2.5% of all Attorneys receive. In addition he is rated as a 10/10 by when it comes to Seattle DUI Defense.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Husky football player & Top Seattle DUI cop speak at Ballard HS in Seattle

A local Seattle high school put on quite a memorable assembly last week about the dangers of drinking and driving.  Ballard High School, which is a few miles from my home, put on a great assembly to over 500 students with some interesting speakers.  The topic and message from the speakers was to not drink and drive, and their experience with DUI arrests in the Seattle area.  

The first speaker was a Mother who lost her son in a drunk driving incident.  She wanted students to hear the important message “from the heart of a mom."  She discussed the accident with her son, provided very graphic images of the accident scene and the response of family and friends to the tragic deaths.  She was quoted as saying “you have the obligation to yourself and to your family and friends to drive and ride responsibly."

Next the students heard from the Top Seattle DUI cop in the land.  Seattle Police Officer Michl talked about what his job is about, why he does it, and how he feels when he takes a suspected DUI driver off of the streets of Seattle.  He was quoted as saying, "every time I make a DUI arrest before a collision it is a win," and “jail time will not fix your conscience or repair the damage you create when getting behind the wheel under the influence.”

Lastly the students heard from Austin Sefarian Jenkins.  He was the All-American University of Washington football player who got a DUI arrest in Seattle last year.  He pleaded guilty to his charge and he talked about what happened, how it has impacted his life, and what he learned.  

Overall it sounds like this was a well put together assembly for the students of Ballard High School in Seattle, WA.  I can tell you as a DUI lawyer who practices in Seattle I have represented several high school students on DUI cases in my day.  And unfortunately a few of them have been extremely intoxicated.  I think it is due to being unfamiliar with how alcohol affects a person, but mostly they are not aware of the consequences and dangers of drinking and driving.  

When I was in high school there was always parties after football games, or summer barbeques where alcohol was always present.  People were always drinking and I don't ever remember hearing about a designated driver, or "so and so" was not drinking because they had to drive.  Had we had an assembly like this maybe some of my former high school classmates would have made different decisions.  

I think the Ballard High School students who were present for this.  Obviously are more familiar with DUI arrests and drinking and driving in Seattle.  And hopefully they will make better decisions this Holiday Season and next year during all the graduation parties.  Remember if you're under 21 there is a zero tolerance for alcohol consumption and driving.  Meaning even if you are well below the legal limit of 0.08.  If you're under 21 you will still face a DUI arrest in Seattle if you get caught drinking and driving.

About the author: Matthew Leyba is a DUI lawyer in the Seattle, Bellevue area of Western Washington.  He has been nominated as a Rising Star among Seattle DUI lawyers by the Seattle Met Magazine, an honor less than 2.5% of all Attorneys receive.  Additionally he is rated as a 10/10 by and listed as a Superb DUI lawyer in Seattle.