Gov. Inslee to Sign DUI and Distracted Driving Bills

— from the Office of Governor Jay Inslee —

Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday will sign three transportation safety bills in Tacoma designed to increase safety for drivers on the state’s roads. Inslee has worked on strengthening DUI laws since his first year in office and will sign legislation to make an individual’s fourth DUI a felony. Inslee will also sign a bill containing a number of changes to the impaired driving laws proposed by a work group led by Rep. Roger Goodman.

Inslee will also sign the ‘distracted driving’ bill, which will make any use of a mobile phone while driving, not just texting, an traffic infraction. The Centers for Disease Control says that almost 3,000 people are killed every year by distracted driving, and this bill will help keep drivers’ eyes on the road and off their phones.

HB 1614 Concerning impaired driving
SB 5037 Making a fourth driving under the influence offense a felony
SB 5289 Modifying the infraction of and penalties for distracted driving

[This signing will take place at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16] at the State of Washington Combined Transportation Center (2502 112th St. E, Tacoma)

All upcoming bill action notices and bill actions can be found on the governor’s website here: http://www.governor.wa.gov/office-governor/official-actions/bill-action

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