Bill # 5054

Official Bill Title

Concerning impaired driving.

Un-Official Bill Title

Making Chronic DUI offenders a felony

THIS IS A GOOD BILL

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5054&Initiative=false&Year=2021

Summary

AN ACT Relating to impaired driving; amending RCW 9.94A.190,
2 9.94A.501, 9.94A.505, 9.94A.525, 9.94A.633, 9.94A.6332, 9.94A.660,
3 9.94A.701, 46.61.502, 46.61.5055, and 46.61.504; reenacting and
4 amending RCW 9.94A.030; adding a new section to chapter 9.94A RCW;
5 prescribing penalties; and providing an effective date.

Why this matters

Senate Bill 5054 matters because it sets a standard for chronic duii arrests to a felony rather than a gross misdemeanor. IF the individual has been arrested for driving under the influence 4 times in 15 years they are mandatorily required to charge a felony conviction with jail time UNLESS the judge determines that the individual could and would benefit from rehab programming. Otherwise it is jail time. With drunk driving up by 100% and vehicular manslaughter on the rise it is unconscionable that we are not taking this issue more seriously. Most states remove your license for life and do jail time if convicted 3 times in 10 years. This bill passed the senate as amended and is now in the House Public Safety Committee. Hearing Scheduled for February 17th at 1:30 PM so get your comments in now!

Call to Action

To let your voice be heard, send a personalized email to ALL members of the House Committee who are considering this Bill. Be sure to demand this Bill is voted for by the House Public Safety committee in the hearing on Feb 17th at 1:30!

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