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* According to Washington Governor Jay Inslee, in a hyperbolic defense of his state’s imposition of a new law that gives the police yet another reason to intrude on your ability to travel freely without interference by law enforcement.

They’re calling it “E-DUI” — driving under the influence of electronic devices.  Meanwhile in every city in America:

Cop Driving While Impaired on Laptop?


It will be interesting to see how the public reacts to the obvious hypocrisy of a law that outlaws innocuous conduct by citizens while entirely overlooking far more egregious instances of the same conduct by law enforcement.  I predict that no one will care because we are apparently a nation of people who love to surrender our liberty at the altar of police power.

As for a silver lining, I’ll look forward to citing the Governor of Washington at my next DWI trial for the proposition that driving with a .08 BAC is less dangerous than driving with a cellphone.  As a matter of logical consistency, given that driving while talking on a cellphone remains legal in North Carolina, driving with a .08 BAC should result in an automatic not guilty.



Raleigh DWI lawyer Ben Hiltzheimer is a criminal defense attorney with offices in Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina, who represents individuals charged with DWIs and the full spectrum of misdemeanors and felonies. Contact us for a free, confidential consultation and case evaluation at (919) 899-9404.

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Ben is an experienced trial lawyer who earned his law degree from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He was trained in trial practice at the nation’s preeminent Public Defender agency, the federally funded Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, described by United States Attorney General Eric Holder as “the best public defender office in the country.”

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