House Bill 1276 is currently being considered in the Washington State Legislature
amidst some controversy. The bill, sponsored by State Rep. Roger Goodman,
is aimed at making numerous changes to how the state handles DUI offenders—including
letting some repeat defendants drivers forgo an interlock ignition device
by signing a sworn statement to stay off the road while they wait for
The Seattle Times
, under the new bill, repeat DUI offenders could sign a statement and submit
to alcohol monitoring instead having a costly pretrial IID installed in
their vehicle. Supporters of the bill claim that the new measure will
allow "flexibility" for judges in DUI cases, but others are
not confident an honor system would work.
Dan Schulte, whose parents were killed and his family hurt by a repeat
DUI offender awaiting trial, spoke to media, asserting that even those
who are ordered to get IIDs don't always comply and continue to endanger
others. The driver who harmed Schulte's family was driving a truck
that did not have a court-ordered IID installed at the time.
State Rep. Goodman has also admitted that he's received pressure from
both law enforcement and MADD about making changes to the bill. Still,
he maintains that House Bill 1276 properly monitors repeat offenders with
proposed alcohol monitoring and an "interlock notation" on offender
driver's licenses to help police quickly identify if the sworn nondriving
statement has been violated. Opponents of the bill point out that not
only is a reliable alcohol monitoring program not in place, but that a
license notation does not keep the offender from driving.
Significant Skepticism About House Bill 1276
Other provisions of the bill address marijuana open container laws and
the increase of 24/7 electronic monitoring for repeat offenders. However,
few believe that the bill is ready to be passed—including State
Rep. Goodman, who admits that the language of the bill is not finalized.
Whether or not the IID sections of the bill will be amended is unclear,
but it may be difficult to argue that less IIDs will truly protect the
The Seattle Times points out, Seattle files more than 1,000 DUI cases a year, 40 percent
of which involve repeat offenders—who could be suffering from alcohol
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