Washington State Lawmakers Propose Harsher Penalties For DUI's
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Law enforcement officials and families of drunken driving victims rallied in support of several bills proposing stricter penalties for DUI offenders at a public hearing
The bills address a range of DUI-related issues, including longer sentences for first-time offenders and the required installation of ignition interlock devices for convicted negligent or reckless drivers.
Friends and family members of people killed by drunken drivers say the potential costs to the justice system could not be more important than the safety of others on the road, and that lawmakers need to hold offenders accountable.
But opponents argue that laws targeting DUI offenders need to focus on prevention and treatment, instead of more cost-incurring jail time, which many smaller jurisdictions cannot afford.
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