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February 4, 2014 at 6:52 PM

DUI policy day in Olympia: Lawmakers hear tweaks only

Olympia’s unofficial “DUI policy day” on Tuesday featured just five tweaks to drunken-driving laws, a package described even by supporters as modest. House Bills 2344, 2503, 2506, 2507 and 2728, heard in the state House Judiciary Committee, would mostly clarify or reinforce some unclear parts of current law and stiffen penalties…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Amy Freidheim, Brad Klippert, Chad Magendanz

December 4, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Anti-DUI work group: Yes to random checkpoints, no to alcohol bans

A new report suggests that Washington state should fight drunken driving by increasing penalties and establishing random sobriety checkpoints. But another idea floated after a high-profile tragedy last spring, banning repeat DUI offenders from buying alcohol, was nearly universally dismissed. The 2013 Washington Impaired Driving Work Group delivered the 152-page report Monday. The 33-member group, created by the Legislature this…

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Comments | More in State government | Topics: Brad Fralick, Dan Schulte, DUI

June 27, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Victim of high-profile crash: State’s DUI bill doesn’t go far enough

The man whose family was devastated by a crash that propelled state lawmakers to consider tightening state DUI laws says he doesn’t think their final product does enough to address the problem. Dan Schulte, whose parents were killed and wife and infant son critically injured March 25 when a truck slammed into them as they crossed…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Dan Schulte, drunken driving, DUI

June 26, 2013 at 5:43 PM

State Senate approves scaled-back overhaul of DUI laws

The state Senate unanimously approved a set of changes to drunken driving laws Wednesday afternoon, but not before amendments stripped out two of the original proposal’s toughest provisions. The provisions, which would have increased mandatory minimum jail sentences and made DUI a felony on the 4th time, instead of the 5th, were removed after negotiators decided…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: DUI, Jay Inslee, Mike Padden

May 14, 2013 at 2:45 PM

State Senate panel OK’s changes to DUI laws

OLYMPIA — A stiffening of state DUI laws championed by Gov. Jay Inslee and a bipartisan group of lawmakers cleared its first legislative hurdle Tuesday, moving out of the Senate Law & Justice Committee unanimously. Among other items, Senate Bill 5912 would add 10 days in jail to all minimum DUI sentences, make drunken driving a…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Adam Kline, drunken driving, DUI

April 24, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Replay: Chat about DUI laws with a state lawmaker and DUI attorney

How can Washington state reduce drunken driving? The Legislature is weighing that question now in the aftermath of two high-profile crashes that killed three people and injured two others. On Thursday at noon, Seattle Times readers are invited to chat online with a state lawmaker and a DUI defense attorney about various proposals to crack down…

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Comments | More in Live chats, State Legislature | Topics: Brad Klippert, DUI, Jay Inslee

April 24, 2013 at 10:20 AM

State House panel delays vote on scaled-back DUI bill

OLYMPIA — The state House Public Safety Committee delayed a scheduled Wednesday vote on a scaled-back proposal to overhaul Washington’s drunken driving laws, potentially signaling trouble for a bill that was being fast-tracked. The proposal, crafted after two fatal Seattle crashes that authorities have tied to alcohol, is a major priority of Gov. Jay Inslee…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: drunken driving, DUI, Roger Goodman

April 18, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Law enforcement, local officials question feasibility of Inslee’s DUI proposal

OLYMPIA — Lobbyists for police, prosecutors, defense attorneys and local governments used four hours of back-to-back hearings Thursday to question the feasibility of a bipartisan proposal to overhaul Washington state’s drunken driving laws. Lawmakers signaled toward the end of the state House Public Safety and Senate Law & Justice committee hearings they are likely to scale back…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: drunken driving, DUI, Roger Goodman

April 16, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Inslee to unveil plan for 10-year alcohol prohibition after 3rd DUI

OLYMPIA — After days of discussions, Gov. Jay Inslee and a bipartisan group of state lawmakers said Tuesday they are nearing agreement on a far-ranging plan to overhaul Washington state’s drunken driving laws. The lawmakers said they are working on a compromise bill to put a renewed emphasis on preventing DUI offenders from consuming alcohol. But they cautioned…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Adam Kline, drunken driving, DUI

April 9, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Lawmakers, governor discussing changes to state’s DUI laws

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee plans to meet with lawmakers Tuesday afternoon to discuss strengthening Washington state’s drunken-driving laws in the aftermath of recent tragedies, according to several invitees. The 1 p.m. meeting comes hours after the state’s Impaired Driving Working Group gathered in the Capitol to brainstorm a variety of ideas, from making DUI…

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Comments | More in Governor, State Legislature | Topics: DUI, Jay Inslee, Roger Goodman