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2013 Senate Bill 5912: Modifying provisions that address impaired driving
Introduced by Sen. Mike Padden (Spokane Valley) (R) on April 15, 2013
Increases the penalties for impaired driving, including: increased use of ignition interlock devices, increased terms of community custody, and prohibits courts from deferring sentences for alcohol and drug violators. This act allows municipalities to establish DUI courts; permits police to arrest a person on probable cause of a person having alcohol or THC in their system; increases penalties for persons with previous offenses and whose alcohol concentration was less than 0.15; creates a statewide 24/7 sobriety program to be administered by the Office of the Attorney General; provides that certain repeat offenders be barred from purchasing alcohol for 10 years; and enacts a number of other reforms related to impaired driving. (See also HB2030).   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Law & Justice Committee on April 15, 2013
Substitute offered in the Senate on May 15, 2013
Makes afourth DUI or PC offensea felony after January 1, 2014. All prior DUI and PC offenses count as prior offenses instead of only those that occurred within the prior seven years. Minimum imprisonment periods for DUI and PC offenses are increased by ten days for repeat offenders. If a person under 16 years of age is an occupant of the driver's vehicle, the offender serves additional mandatory incarceration time instead of paying a monetary penalty.
Referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee on May 15, 2013
Substitute offered in the Senate on May 31, 2013
Removes provisions to eliminate look back periods for charging DUI/Physical Control of a Vehicles offenses.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 26, 2013
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on June 3, 2013
Amendment offered by Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (Seattle) (D) on June 26, 2013
Makes a technical correction to amend existing statute regarding permissible uses of funds in the ignition interlock device.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 26, 2013
Amendment offered by Sen. Mike Padden (Spokane Valley) (R) on June 26, 2013
Restores the mandatory minimum sentences to current law. For a 2nd offense, the 24/7 program can replace EHM. For a 3rd offense, the 24/7 program is in addition to EHM. The period of 24/7 monitoring is 6 months in all cases. The sanctions for violations of the 24/7 program are shortened. Appropriations are made. Current law making a fifth DUI/PC offense a felony is restored.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 26, 2013
Amendment offered by Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (Seattle) (D) on June 26, 2013
Provides that the court is not required to order the offender to not drive with THC in his or her blood as a condition of probation if the person is a qualifying patient possessing valid documentation.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on June 26, 2013
Amendment offered by Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (Seattle) (D) on June 26, 2013
Authorizes the WASPC to establish an assessment for the 24/7 sobriety program in order to fund costs of court-ordered participation in the program by persons found by the court to be indigent. Adds the assessment to the definition of the participation agreement for the program.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on June 26, 2013
Amendment offered by Sen. Mike Padden (Spokane Valley) (R) on June 26, 2013
Restores current law regarding mandatory minimum sentence.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 26, 2013
Modifies DUI provisions relating to making a fourth offense a felony; increasing the penalty for DUI with a child in the vehicle; increasing the minimum mandatory sentence for offenses of DUI and physical control; consideration as an aggravating circumstance if driving the wrong way to the normal flow of traffic; prior DUI offenses counted in the offender score; and prohibiting courts from deferring DUI sentences. Creates a 24/7 sobriety program and requires the Washington association of sheriffs and police chiefs to conduct a 24/7 sobriety program pilot project. Establishes the Washington impaired driving work group to study effective strategies to reducing vehicle related deaths and serious injuries that are a result of impaired driving incidents. Creates the 24/7 sobriety account.
Received in the House on June 27, 2013

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