According to KLEW TV, a bill in Washington state is making its way to the Senate, after unanimously passing the House on Monday.
If passed, this law will make penalties even harsher for people who choose to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. According to Mothers Against Drunk Drivers of Washington State, in 2015, 149 people died from crashes related to drunk driving. That makes up more than 34-percent of all traffic deaths in the state of Washington. And MADD says that 2015 number increased by more than four-percent from 2014.
Right now, a fourth DUI conviction within ten years is a Class C felony. But House Bill 2280 would make the penalty for a fourth DUI conviction within ten years, harsher, a Class B felony. The difference between the two, a Class C felony carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, with a $10,000 fine. The harsher penalty, a Class B felony, is a maximum of ten years in prison, and a $20,000 fine.
The bill is now on its way to the Senate. From there it will either be accepted as written in the House or revised by the Senate, in which it would go through a reconciliation process with both Houses.
If you or someone you know have been stopped, questioned, or arrested for driving under the influence, the first call you should make is to a qualified DUI defense attorney. We are available 24/7 on our on-call attorney line at 253-691-4453.