OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Drunk driving laws are changing in Washington state after two high-profile, deadly crashes involving suspected drunk drivers in King County.
Governor Jay Inslee, D-Washington, announced a new package of driving under the influence laws has bipartisan support in Olympia.
Every accident and every death we see involving a DUI could have been prevented, Inslee said in a release. People who choose to get behind the wheel must know that we are done giving them a free pass.
The proposed legislation would result in several penalty changes.
Police would have to arrest and take the driver into custody after a first DUI offense, according to the Governor s office. After a second offense, drivers would have to choose between treatment or a mandatory six months in jail.
Drivers convicted of a third DUI would get at least a one-year prison sentence. In addition, a three-time offender will be issues a new driver's license that would prevent them from buying alcohol for 10 years.
Frank Blair, whose daughter was killed by a DUI driver in 2010, said he was pleased with the proposed laws.
It sends a message, we have to stop this, it's not ok, said Blair.
Judy and Dennis Schulte were run over March 25 by a suspected drunk driver, Mark Mullan, in Northeast Seattle. Mullan is also accused of seriously injuring the Schulte s daughter and infant granddaughter. He had several prior DUI convictions.
Morgan Williams was killed April 4 by an alleged drunk driver going the wrong way on Highway 520. The driver in that crash, Michael Robertson, was awaiting trial on another DUI charge.