Introduced by Rep. Geoff Simpson, (D-Covington) (D) on January 19, 2004
To allow the court to order the installation of an ignition interlock in the motor vehicle of a driver convicted of an alcohol related offense. The bill was introduced by request of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on January 19, 2004
Substitute offered to the House Judiciary Committee on February 5, 2004
To implement a technical reorganization of the provisions relating to occupational and temporary restricted driver's licenses. The substitute passed in committee on February 5, 2004.
Testimony in support offered to the House Judiciary Committee on February 5, 2004
By Representative G. Simpson, prime sponsor; Antonio Sanchez, Office of the Lieutenant Governor and others who testified that, drunk drivers continue to kill too many people each year. Ignition interlocks represent a physical barrier that can prevent drunks from driving. At the same time, it will encourage drivers who have lost their licenses to get an occupational or temporary restricted license so they can drive legally.
Testimony with concerns offered to the House Judiciary Committee on February 5, 2004
By Steve Lind, Washington State Traffic Safety Commission who testified that, many first-time, low BAC offenders will not re-offend, and making them use an interlock is potentially devastating, especially if their employment involves transporting clients. It may not be a good idea to completely remove judicial discretion.
Referred to the House Rules Committee on February 6, 2004
Allowing the court to order the installation of an ignition interlock in the motor vehicle of a driver convicted of an alcohol related offense.
Received in the Senate on February 19, 2004
Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 19, 2004
Amendment offered to the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 27, 2004
To make changes to bill. A court will order installation of an ignition interlock as a condition of granting a deferred prosecution petition on any alcohol-dependency
based case, instead of any alcohol-related case. An occupational driver's license is valid of
the period of the suspension or revocation and the two-year limit is removed. The ignition
interlock requirement is removed for vehicles owned by a person's employer when the person
is required to drive the employer's vehicle as part of his or her employment. People who are
providing continuing care to a dependent may apply for a temporary restricted or an
occupational license. The amendment passed in both committees but was not adopted by Senate upon final passage.
Referred to the Senate Highways and Transportation Committee on February 27, 2004
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on March 2, 2004
Amendment offered by Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, (D-Camano Island) (D) on March 5, 2004
To strike everything after enacting clause and replace with a new version of the bill amending alchol-related offense laws.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 5, 2004