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
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.