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By Sen. Mike Padden
R-Spokane Valley, 4th Legislative District 

Legislature must take chronically impaired drivers off the roads


January 28, 2021

As much as we would love to see an end to impaired driving and with it, the need to keep sponsoring DUI legislation, we unfortunately know there is still much work to be done.

Last week the Senate Law and Justice Committee heard testimony on Senate Bill 5054, a measure I introduced with the support of Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle, to strengthen the state’s felony-DUI law and reduce the number of people who become victims of impaired drivers.

Washington law now makes the fourth DUI conviction a felony, but courts may consider only convictions within the previous 10 years when determining...

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