Washington interlock device allows drivers with DUI license suspension to drive

Today, The Tacoma News Tribune and The Olympian both reported that Washington State Superintendent of public instruction, Randy Dorn, is legally allowed to drive even though he recently pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and received a 90-day driver’s license suspension.

This may surprise some, but Washington State has an Ignition Interlock Driver License which allows some drivers to drive vehicles that are equipped with an ignition interlock device while their regular driver’s license is suspended for alcohol-related DUI.

The ignition interlock device requires the driver to blow into the device and the vehicle will not start if the device detects alcohol on the driver’s breath. The device may also require additional “Rolling retests” while the vehicle is being driven according to the Department of Licensing web-site.

The cost of installing and leasing an ignition interlock device is the responsibility of the driver. For more information about the Law, see the DOL web-site.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents caused by drunken drivers and the family of those killed.

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