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DUI Laws are Tougher than Ever in Washington

For the last few years Washington State residents have been dealing with tougher DUI laws. The benefit is that offenders have more repercussions, and the state is hoping that long term, the number of DUIs will decrease. The latest laws require that an ignition interlock device be installed on offenders’ vehicles, and may also require 24/7 alcohol use monitoring. So, driving under the influence could not only be a deadly action, it can be quite costly financially and in regards to one’s freedom.

The individuals who will be most likely to have an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicle are those who are repeat Seattle DUI offenders, those whose blood alcohol content is higher than .15, those that have car wrecks while intoxicated, or anyone who refuses a blood or breath test. Washington State’s legal limit is .08.

The law does not just stop there, however. It goes on to enforce that any individual who receives a conviction of driving while under the influence that also has children in the car can be required to use the ignition interlock device as well as face tougher financial and licensing sanctions. The age of the children is defined by those 16 and under.

The reason these laws were passed was to try and deter individuals from driving while under the influence. Too many people are killed each and every year simply because they make the poor decision to get behind the wheel after they have been drinking. The more stringent laws will hopefully make people think twice before they drink and drive.

There are many other laws associated with drinking and driving in Washington State.  First time offenders will be required to spend at least 24 hours in jail and pay large fines and court fees. The level of blood alcohol will also affect the time in jail and the fees paid. For example, first time offenders with a BAC of .15 or higher will spend a minimum of 48 hours in jail and up to a year in jail. Fees and fines will also be higher, as well as other punishments.

Those individuals who are multiple offenders will find the laws are more stringent with each and every conviction. Loss of license and the like can be given as punishment to those who have multiple DUI offenses in Seattle and the State of Washington. Hopefully, the stronger the laws are against drinking and driving, fewer people making the bad decisions to drive drunk and more lives will be saved as a result.

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