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Legislature passes bill expanding DUI laws

by caprecord

The Legislature has given final approval to a bill that modifies several DUI laws, including one that shortens the time that someone arrested for drunk driving can continue to use their driver’s license from 60 days to 30 days.

House Bill 2700 passed out of the House on Thursday on a 80-17 vote. The bill previously passed out of the Senate unanimously and it now goes to the governor for signature.

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Prime Sponsor of the bill Rep. Roger Goodman, D-Kirkland, said the bill also prevents DUI offenders from “gaming” the system when it comes to ignition interlock devices.

Currently, offenders with an ignition interlock device are monitored during the last four months of their restriction period before having the device removed. The bill would require that offenders are monitored during the entire restriction period, which can be from six months to ten years.

“Some of the DUI offenders have been gaming the system and putting the device in at the very end when they are being watched,” Goodman said. “But now they are going to be watched the whole period.”

No one testified in opposition to the bill.

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