After Deaths, Washington State Looks At Repeat DUI Offenders


Washington State roads are safer but repeat drunk driving offenders still are killing people. A Seattle couple died last week after they were struck by a man whose preliminary blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit, says the Seattle Times. Washington has some of the strictest DUI laws in the country, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

“The new DUI laws have made a difference and things are coming down, but they're not coming down as fast as fatalities generally,” said Bob Calkins, a Washington State Patrol spokesman. “Clearly we have more work to do.” What remains confounding is what to do about repeat offenders. A Seattle Times analysis of 600,000 DUI-related cases between 1998 and 2012 found that one in five defendants had multiple DUI charges. Those defendants accounted for 38 percent of the cases. There were 1,677 people with five or more cases.

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