KENNEWICK, Wash.- Washington already has some strict laws in place when it comes to drinking and driving, but they are about to get tougher.
Some of our state legislators have been working to pass laws that would make driving under the influence more punishable. State senate bill 5912 becomes official law today in Washington. Drunk drivers will now remain in jail on a second offense until they appear before a judge. They will have to have an ignition breathalyzer interlock system installed in their car within five days of the arrest.
"Repeat offenders will not be tolerated in our state," explained Washington Governor Jay Inslee on a recent visit to the Tri-Cities. "We're going to make sure that they stop drinking. This is a bipartisan success. We got to keep the pressure on drunk drivers."
As part of the new law there will be more penalties for impaired driving with children under the age of 16 in the car. Also, repeat offenders will have to wear monitoring bracelets or other devices. State Representatives like Brad Klippert have told us that even tougher laws are already being drawn up and he hopes to get those passed in the next fiscal year.