DUI's (Driving Under the Influence)

DUI's in Washington State.  Washington State law requires anyone arrested for a second DUI charge be taken to jail.  Prosecution will result in an interlock system to be installed on the suspect's car within 5 days of release.  The suspect will be required to submit to daily testing for alcohol and drugs, plus electronic monitoring of people convicted of multiple drunken-driving offenses as an alternative to incarceration.  (This bill was sponsored by Senator Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley.  Gov. Jay Inslee called these tougher DUI standards "an important step in saving more lives."  Olympia, June 2013)

The legal blood alcohol limit in the state of Washington is 0.08 percent.

Declining Breath Tests.  Spokane County has a zero-tolerance task force called “Refusing to be Refused.”  Anyone who declines a breath test will have a judge called on the spot, and a warrant will be issued for a blood draw within minutes.  More than 80% of drunk drivers in the U.S. refuse to take a breath test.  Those who refuse in Spokane County will be hauled off to jail. 

What You Can Do
  • Tips to avoid a DUI

    • Even one drink can impair judgment and reaction time and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk or causing a crash.

    • If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving; but designate a sober driver before the party begins.

    • Call a taxi or a sober friend or family member, use Uber or Lyft, or use public transportation.  Also try the SaferRide mobile app, which allows users to call a taxi or friend and identify their location, so they can be picked up.

    • Help others be responsible.  If you see someone you think is about to drive while impaired, take their keys, take them home, or help them arrange a safe ride home.  (DUI, The Spokesman-Review, December 2016) 

  • Lower the blood alcohol limit to save lives.  Utah lowered the blood alcohol limit for drivers from 0.08 to 0.05 to save lives.  The change means a 150# man would be over the 0.05 limit after 2 beers, while a 120# woman could exceed the limit after a single drink, though that can be affected by a number of factors.  (Source:  American Beverage Institute, March 2017)