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State House Approves New Rules for DUI Offenders

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Legislation for tougher penalties for repeat DUI offenders is on its way to becoming law.

The state House voted unanimously to finalize the measure Thursday afternoon.

The plan would require drivers charged with a second impaired driving offense to have an interlock device installed on their vehicles within five days of being charged. The state would also begin a pilot program that would conduct daily alcohol monitoring on a person convicted twice under the DUI law.
The measure is scaled back from an original proposal that would have increased mandatory minimum jail time for repeat DUI offenders.
Republican Rep. Brad Klippert of Kennewick says the measure is a good start but he hopes lawmakers will return next year to strengthen DUI laws even more.