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Washington Bill to Crack Down on Drunk Driving

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NBCRightNow.com - Governor Jay Inslee introduced new legislation Tuesday to crack down on drunk drivers.

The bi-partisan bill would increase the penalties for drivers convicted of DUI, including a mandatory arrest for a first offense. A second offense would require six months of jail time, or enrollment in a new sobriety program that focuses on accountability and substance abuse support. A third offense would mean a mandatory one year in jail.

"When you look at these repeat offenders, the problem is they've got massive problems with alcohol and they haven't come to grips with it and as a result they drive.  And as a result, we get the kind of tragedies we've seen, and we're not going to accept that anymore," said Governor Inslee.

The bill would also require the installation of ignition interlock devices on all DUI defendant vehicles.