Senate Bill calls for impounding cars of drunk drivers

Washington state Senate Bill 5000, which mandates impounding the car or truck of drivers who have been arrested for driving under the influence, just passed the senate by unanimous vote. The bill states that vehicles of suspected DUI drivers be impounded for a 12-hour period after the driver’s arrest.

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island. Haugen said:

“This addresses a serious threat to public safety. Under our existing laws, it’s possible for someone to be cited for drunken driving, return to their car while still intoxicated, and resume driving. It happens, and it’s a danger to other drivers.”

The bill does allow for another title holder on the vehicle to pick up the vehicle before the 12 impound hold ends.

See the full bill here.

Drunken driving is a serious threat to law abiding citizens. Every year, approximately 315 people are killed in Washington state due to drunken drivers and many more are injured. In Washington state the legal standard for blood alcohol content is 0.08 percent.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent the victims of drunken drivers and their family. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.

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