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Published on Wednesday, March 12, 2014

First pilot for 24/7 DUI offender monitoring program launched

Last year, the legislature passed a comprehensive DUI bill that created the 24/7 Sobriety Program pilot project for three counties and two cities. The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) announced that the first pilot agency launched this month in Centralia. Plans are underway to launch the program in Thurston County in late April.

The 24/7 program is administered by the county sheriff or local police chief. Participants are ordered by a judge to provide blood, breath, urine or other to determine if alcohol or drugs are present in their systems. The goal is to reduce jail costs and DUI recidivism while increasing public safety within our communities.

If you would like more information regarding the 24/7 Sobriety Program please visit the 24/7 web page. If your jurisdiction is interested in participating in the pilot, please contact Bruce Bjork, WASPC 24/7 Sobriety Program Manager at bbjork@waspc.or or 360-338-1398.

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