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Governor Signs Eluding Bill Into Law

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Governor Gregoire signed the Eluding Bill into law this afternoon. Family of the victim's the bill was created for were in Olympia today for the signing.

Crosses still stand at the intersection of Nob Hill Boulevard and 48th Avenue where Bobby Aguilar and Edgar Trevino Mendoza were killed by a driver eluding police nearly two years ago.

Since then the victims family and Representative Charles Ross have been working to get this law passed to make tougher sentences for drivers caught eluding police.

Ana Lucas-Garcia, Bobby Aguilar's mother, says she has a great peace of mind knowing that many lives may be saved now that this bill is a law.

It's a very very emotional day, but a very happy day also," said Lucas-Garcia.

Along with the victim's families Representative Ross and Yakima Police Chief Sam Granato were there to see the governor sign the bill.

Now that its been signed it will officially take affect on June 11th. At that time all first time offenders will serve a year in jail if found guilty of eluding police.
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