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State Passes Stricter DUI Law

July 02, 2013

In an effort to crack down on impaired drivers, the Washington State Legislature passed a bill last week to stiffen Washington’s already strict DUI laws.

Under the new legislature, drunken driving offenders who are caught a second time will be more closely monitored and have ignition interlock devices installed in their cars. The new bill requires drivers charged with a second impaired driving offense to have an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicles within five days of being charged. The final part of the law permits the state to begin a pilot program that would conduct regular alcohol monitoring on a person convicted twice under the DUI law.

The state House voted unanimously to finalize the measure last Thursday afternoon and lawmakers said the bill will help move Washington towards its goal of zero traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030.