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Published on Friday, February 1, 2013

Bill seeks to strengthen DUI laws

AWC is supporting HB 1482 proposed by Rep. Goodman (D-Kirkland). This bill changes the impaired driving statutes, including sentencing and commercial driver licenses, and refines other areas of statute. The bill is scheduled for hearing in the House Public Safety Committee on February 7 at 10am. HB 1482 does the following:

  • Clarifies that municipalities can establish DUI courts.
  • Modifies sentencing standards by no longer allowing deferred sentencing for DUI offenders.
  • Establishes that minors can be arrested for DUI if their BAC is over 0.02. Currently, law enforcement is limited in arresting minors for DUI because the language is specific to drivers over the age of 21.
  • Streamlines language relating to ignition interlock devices. As technology advances, proponents don’t want to limit the types of devices authorized to control home monitoring devices or other controls in statute.
  • Creates a section to address impaired drivers who drive the wrong way on a one-way road.
  • Currently, a person operating a commercial motor vehicle may not have a blood alcohol content higher than 0.04, and the bill adds a limit for THC concentration of 0.00.
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