House panel delays vote on DUI bill

By | April 24, 2013 | Comments

The House Public Safety Committee delayed a vote Wednesday on a proposed legislation that takes aim at repeat drunken driving offenders.

The bill was scaled back from the original House proposal, but committee chair Roger Goodman (D-Kirkland) said a vote would have to wait due to lack of support.

“I am not willing to wait too much longer. We are not going to let up but we are not going to be voting on this morning,” he said.

The revised bill calls for the mandatory arrest of drivers suspected of a repeat offense, rather than all drivers suspected of driving under the influence. It also requires an ignition interlock device to be installed as a pretrial condition and a condition of release. The original proposal, the required that the device be installed before it was released from the impound lot.

Read the revised bill here.

Other parts of the original bill have been removed, including a provision that would ban repeat offender from purchasing alcohol for 10 year.

Member from both parties on the committee questioned the timing of legislation, saying lawmakers were rushing the bill to the House floor.

“We are not going to stop the carnage,” said Rep. Jeff Holy (R-Cheney). “To pass this out of committee today appears to be reacting to tragedy. We can do better.”

A bi-partisan group of lawmakers and Gov. Jay Inslee have proposed changes to the state’s impaired driving laws after two recent cases in the Seattle area left three people dead.

Watch the hearing below:

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