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Some Doubt Power of New D.U.I. Law

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Kennewick -- Washington's new D.U.I. law went into effect Sunday.  But there are those who are skeptical that it will make much difference when it comes to saving lives on Washington roads.

Under the law, drunk drivers who are found guilty of drunk driving five times over a ten year period can now face felony charges and a five year sentence.

But Lynn Doublin, a licensed chemical dependency professional at Choices and Changes on Columbia Park Trail in Kennewick, who has worked with alcoholics and drunk drivers for sixteen years, says she doubts the law will do much to reduce highway deaths caused by drunk driving.

"I know a guy who has 19 (drunk driving convictions), and he's been in prison in another state for his D.U.I.s.  That's the kind of person this law targets, which is fine."  But, she added, "The fact is most people I know where they have actually killed somebody in a D.U.I. accident were on their first or second D.U.I.">

Doublin says twenty-five percent of people who seek, or are forced by the law, to enter treatment for chemical dependency remain sober five years out.