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Wash. Lawmakers Agree To Strengthen Repeat DUI Law

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File photo of police officers stopping cars at a DUI checkpoint. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

File photo of police officers stopping cars at a DUI checkpoint. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington lawmakers have agreed to a plan to more closely monitor drivers who repeatedly drive under the influence.

A revised proposal approved Wednesday in the Senate would require interlock devices to be installed on someone’s vehicle if they are charged with a second impaired driving offense. The state would also begin a pilot program in three counties and two states to conduct daily alcohol monitoring on a person convicted twice under the DUI law.

Democratic Rep. Roger Goodman says lawmakers have decided not to increase the mandatory minimum jail time for repeat offenders. Goodman says that proposal was expensive, although he says it may get more consideration in the future.

Senate and House negotiators say they have agreed to the bill’s language and are hoping to give it final Legislative approval as early as Thursday.

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