New 2015 DUI Law (Continued)
- DUI Drivers Driving Without Valid Licenses, Auto Insurance or Ignition Interlock Devices (IIDs) – A mandatory 30 day jail sanction must be imposed by the court for any DUI driver probation who drives without a valid license, auto insurance, or a functioning Ignition Interlock Device (IID) in their vehicle.
- Open Marijuana Container Offense –Like for alcohol, it is now illegal to have an open container of marijuana in a vehicle. An open container of marijuana in a vehicle will result in a civil infraction traffic ticket (just like for an open alcohol container).
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New 2015 DUI Laws (Continued)
- 24/7 Alcohol Monitoring by Courts – Courts may now order pretrial 24/7 alcohol monitoring on DUI defendants facing a second or subsequent DUI charge in a lifetime.
- Ignition Interlock Devices (IIDs) Violation Penalties – Defendants convicted of IID violations will now have their sentences now consecutively added to any DUI sentence imposed.
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New 2015 DUI Laws
Effective September 26, 2015, several new DUI laws go into effect. Among these are:
- Ignition Interlock Licenses (IILs) – The Department of Licensing is now permitted to issue temporary Ignition Interlock Licenses (IILs) to Washington residents authorized to drive with out of state licenses. This will mostly affect military personnel stationed in Washington.
- Physical Control Crime Defense – The Physical Control crime defense of pulling safely off the roadway before being pursued by police can now also be raised in Department of Licensing administrative license suspension hearing.
New 2015 DUI Laws
More than 100 bars in Western Washington have installed new breathalyzer machines in recent weeks. The machines are part of a new project by a retired construction manager.
Bob Brazel says his machines come pre-calibrated and are supposed to be 95% accurate, but he wants to make it clear that law enforcement is the only group with an always accurate breathalyzer. He said he started this project because he feels like the area could use something like this device.
“I like the idea that people can self-monitor in the bars and they really have no idea if they’re over the limit or not,” Brazel said. “What this gives the customer is a chance to get an indication of where they are in the blood alcohol.”
“The response from bars has been very good,” Brazel said.
A portion of the proceeds are going to Northwest Harvest. In just one month Brazel’s business has donated enough money to feed 1200 families of three. Brazel said he hopes to install more machines in the area in the weeks to come and hopefully bring them for events, weddings, and other functions