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Local Lawmaker Calling for Even Tougher DUI Penalties

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NBCRightNow.com - On Thursday Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed new legislation into law to strengthens the state's DUI policies and penalties. But local state Representative Brad Klippert wants even more restrictions.

The law signed yesterday by Governor Inslee includes mandatory arrests for all second DUI offenses. Representative Klippert says he wants even tougher laws like mandatory arrests on first offenses along with six hour bookings.

The new law makes a fifth DUI conviction a felony but Klippert would like to see felony charges on the fourth conviction instead.

"We want to protect those DUI drivers, but especially want to protect those innocent people out there who many of them in the past at no fault of their own have been injured by these drivers and we want to bring an end to that," said Rep. Brad Klippert, (R) 8th District, Kennewick.

Klippert has a new bill in the works for the next legislative session that would include some of these tougher restrictions. Ultimately they would require even less infractions before serious punishment is taken against the offenders.