Most people know that it is illegal to drive with a revoked driver's license in the state of Washington. According to the Washington Department of Licensing, one of the main reasons that authorities revoke licenses is because of driving under the influence.
A man facing drunk driving charges in a town just south of the Washington state border was convicted and sentenced to 40 months in prison. The man was arrested for drunk driving last year after crashing his SUV while driving under the influence.
A new law signed into law last month by the governor increases the penalties and decreases the protections afforded to those arrested for a felony DUI in Washington state. Under the new law, people arrested for felony DUI can be subjected to breath or blood tests without their consent. In addition, the law prevents courts from vacating convictions for felony drunk driving charges and maintains felony DUI sentencing and plea arrangements in public records.
Initiative 502, which will be on the November ballot in Washington state, seeks to legalize and regulate marijuana in the state. A prominent complaint about the initiative, however, is that it would create a new DUI standard applicable to those driving while stoned.