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After four years of testing and assessment, the Washington State Patrol rolled out its new breathalyzer machines Tuesday.

Yakima To Sieze Cars Of Multiple DUI Offenders

Jul 10, 2013
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The "Palm Springs of Washington" is no vacation for those that have more than two DUI convictions within seven years. The assistant city attorney is behind a pilot program that will seize, store and eventually sell the car of someone that is convicted of a second DUI within seven years. Ross Reynolds gets an explanation of how the program got started. 

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Correction: The broadcast version of this story states that the Fourth Amendment protects against illegal search and seizure, when in fact it protects against unreasonable search and seizure. 

Washington’s lawmakers are debating new penalties for driving under the influence during a special legislative session beginning Monday.

Governor Inslee Pushes For Tougher DUI Penalties

Apr 18, 2013
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According to the Centers for Disease Control, the average drunken driver has driven drunk 80 times before their first arrest. Here in Washington after a rather horrific spree of drunk driving related deaths, the governor is getting tough on drunken drivers by proposing tougher penalties for first-, second- and third-time offenders. One of the governor's more strident proposals would ban third-time offenders from purchasing alcohol. In this segment of the conversation listeners share their thoughts on these new and tougher proposed penalties.

Are Washington's DUI Laws Tough Enough?

Apr 10, 2013
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Washington Governor Jay Inslee wants to crackdown on drunken drivers in the wake of some recent tragedies involving intoxicated drivers. Today, Ross Reynolds talks with New York University Langone Medical Center professor, Baron Lerner about how DUI laws and enforcement in Washington compare nationally.

Should Washington Get Tougher On DUIs?

Mar 29, 2013

The King County prosecutor filed four felony charges of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault yesterday against Mark W. Mullan. He’s the alleged drunken driver who killed two people and wounded two others in the Wedgewood neighborhood in Seattle on Monday. The case has provoked scrutiny of the state’s approach to drunken driving. Ross Reynolds examines the history of drunken driving prevention efforts in the United States, digs into the ramifications for drunken driving in Washington and asks callers for their opinions on our state's DUI penalties.