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Published on Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Funding swept for state DUI program

In the 2013 legislative session, budget writers swept funding from the ignition interlock fund for indigent offenders. Since no changes were made in the 2014 session, the program will now lose several million dollars and the money will go to prisons to provide drug and alcohol treatment for inmates. The ignition interlock is the device installed in the vehicles of repeat DUI offenders and prevents them from driving if they are impaired by alcohol. 

According to a KOMO news article, the legislature did not intend for this to happen and plans to address the funding issue when they convene in January 2015. In the meantime, Rep. Judy Clibborn (D-Mercer Island) requested that the Department of Licensing try locate emergency funding to keep the program going.

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