Washington state bills seeks to increase penalties for DUI

The Washington state legislature is seeking to get tougher on drunk drivers. There are several bills in the House which seek to increase penalties for those convicted of DUI offenses.

The following lists the House Bills, their sponsors and what the bill seeks to accomplish:

HB 1113

Modifying provisions relating to prior offenses for the purposes of felony driving or being in physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug.

Sponsors: Rolfes, Klippert, Warnick, Hurst, Finn, Miloscia, Kelley, Goodman, Liias, Fitzgibbon, Smith

Allows the courts to take into account previous DUI convictions from other states and tribal jurisdictions as well as removes the 10 year statute of limitations for including previous DUI convictions in determining felony DUI status.


Expanding provisions relating to driving or being in physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Sponsors: Liias, Goodman, Probst, Rolfes, Moscoso, Roberts, Fitzgibbon, Billig, Miloscia, Maxwell
Allows counties to create and operate DUI courts, increases fees for drivers convicted of DUI, vehicular homicide or vehicular assault and requires courts to establish victim impact panel registries.


Increasing the penalties for first-time offenders of driving or being in physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug.

Sponsors: Kirby, Orwall, Miloscia, Stanford, Kelley, Blake, Smith

Increases the mandatory minimum sentencing for first-time DUI offenders and requires offenders to pay for their own incarceration. This would include costs of administering electronic home monitoring, ignition interlock requirements, probation and supervision of the person’s driver’s license, etc.

HB 1789

Addressing accountability for persons driving or being in physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug.

Sponsors: Goodman, Pedersen, Roberts and Miloscia
Requires a driver convicted of negligent driving in the first degree or reckless driving to install an ignition interlock device. Expands the definition of “prior offenses” and allows a driver charged with certain DUI-related misdemeanors be eligible for two deferred prosecutions.

HB 1646

Increasing penalties for vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.

Sponsors: Orcutt, Ahern, Pearson, Hope, Klippert, McCune

Increases the sentencing for vehicular homicide and vehicular assault and changes the the sentencing guidelines so that some convictions runs consecutively (one after the other) rather than concurrently (convictions served at the same time).

Approximately 45% of all traffic fatalities in Washington State are related to driving under the influence. DUI related car accidents leave victims seriously injured, disabled, paralyzed, brain damaged and dead. The public supports increasing penalties for drunken driving.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We are a Seattle personal injury law firm dedicated to fighting for the victims of drunken drivers and their families.

Source: Washington State Legislature – Bill Information.

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