On the heels of two horrific traffic accidents involving drunken drivers, Washington State Governor, Jay Inslee along with a bipartisan group of state lawmakers, is seeking stiffer penalties for drunk drivers and expanding the use of ignition interlock devices which would keep inebriated drivers from being able to start their car.
The Governor describes his plan as “most aggressive, the most effective, the most ambitious program to reduce drunk driving on our roads.”
In Seattle, we have seen our share of tragedies caused by drunken driver. Last month, Mark W. Mullan, hit and killed two grandparents and critically injured their daughter-in-law and 10-day-old grandson as they were walking in a residential neighborhood of Seattle. Mark W. Mullan was driving on a suspended license and had was facing a court date when he hit the family.
The other tragedy involved a wrong way driver, Michael A. Robertson, on State Route 520 who struck and killed Morgan Williams, 58 or Seattle, as she was driving to work. Robertson faces a charge of Vehicular Homicide in the accident.
Representative Roger Goodman said:
The victims don’t get a second chance at life. And so we seem to be giving the drunker drivers a second chance to kill.”
In seeking stiffer penalties, lawmakers are asking for:
- Mandatory arrest after a first DUI
- Jail time for repeat DUI offenders
- Tag on driver license’s and IDs which would prohibit a person with a 3rd offense from buying alcohol.
- Mandatory ignition interlock device on cars after a person is charged with a DUI.
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