New DUI law goes into effectPosted: Updated:
KENNEWICK, Wash. -- If you're caught driving drunk, you're already in trouble. But, beginning Friday, it'll cost you even more.
"It doesn't matter if there's a sober driver in the vehicle. It doesn't matter if the registered owner is in the vehicle and their sober. It will be towed and impounded," explains Sergeant Debbie Wilson of Washington State Patrol.
That's the message WSP is getting out now. And in addition to paying up for bad behavior behind the wheel, drunk drivers will have to wait a mandatory 12 hours before getting their car back.
Troopers say it takes the burden off of them,"it makes it easier for us because there is no, I mean it's black and white. It will be towed and impounded and that makes it safer for other people out on the road. They don't have to worry about somebody getting back behind the wheel of the car after they've been arrested for dui and getting back behind that wheel and driving again," explains Wilson.
The action comes after the state legislature passed "Haley's Law." It originated after a drunk driver was arrested and when later released picked up their car and got into another accident while still under the influence.
It could be quite a boost in business for tow truck companies, but will help in other ways as well, "and it does allow us to not give something back when we know the person is still intoxicated and that's always been frustrating,"says Ken Colon of Action Auto Services in Pasco.
In addition to being arrested and having to wait 12 hours until they get their car, the driver can also expect to pay for impound fees.