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May 19, 2013 at 6:35 AM

Legislature considers tougher DUI laws

Something must be done

Olympia should say yes to implement tougher DUI laws. Lately the number of car crashes due to drunken driving has significantly increased. We are not just going to sit back and look at this situation worsening every day.

Something must be done, and now is the moment. I agree with Jerry Large when he says the new legislation should increase sentences for DUI convictions, make the offense a felony on the fourth conviction rather than the fifth, and require installing ignition-interlock devices before a person arrested for a repeat offense is released from jail. [“Just say yes to tougher DUI laws,” NWThursday, May 16.]

After being released from jail, the convicted person should not have the right to drive, regardless of the circumstances. He/she should have his/her driver’s license revoked for at least 10 years.

If we don’t make drastic changes, innocent people will continue to be killed every day because of buzzed people driving when they shouldn’t be.

By hardening the sentence and making the laws that prevent innocent people from being victims of drunken drivers, the number of drunken driving-related accidents will significantly decrease, especially by the drivers who had been previously convicted of DUI.

Natacha Maheshe, Seattle

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