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Leaving a pet unattended in a car, even under moderate conditions, is unsafe.

As the weather begins to warm up this spring, please remember that leaving a pet unattended is not only unsafe, it's also against the law.

A Washington state law passed in 2015 made it a civil offense subject to a fine of $125 for leaving an animal in vehicle when weather conditions may make it unsafe. The law also protects police and animal control from liability if they have to break into a vehicle.

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In this segment of Law Talk, we want to talk with you about DUIs. We're going to focus more on the laws around marijuana intoxication because they are so new, but many of the same procedures apply. We'll discuss the process by which a police officer can pull you over, ask you questions, perform field sobriety tests on you, and detain you based on their suspicion of drug and/or alcohol use. Then we'll talk about what happens if you are arrested, and what the booking process is like at the police station. Most importantly, we'll talk about your rights and how and what you should communicate or provide to the police during this whole encounter.

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