SEATTLE – On January 13th, King County Councilmember Bob Ferguson, a candidate for Washington State Attorney General, released a five-point plan to strengthen penalties for endangering families by drinking and driving.
Last week, the Washington State Senate joined the House in increasing the standard prison sentence for vehicular homicide by DUI to match the penalty for first-degree manslaughter.
“It is tragic when a loved one or family member is killed by a drunk driver,” said Bob Ferguson. “I applaud the efforts of our legislature to hold accountable those whose reckless actions cause the death of others.”
Ferguson’s plan called for increasing the penalty for causing significant injury or death while driving under the influence.
“I’m glad the state legislature is considering other bills that would strengthen the punishment for drunk driving. There is more that can be done to protect Washington families on our roadways.”
Ferguson’s proposal would also crack down on repeat DUI offenders, double the penalty for driving drunk with a child in the car, make it a DUI if a driver has recently consumed meth, pcp, heroin, and cocaine, and promote access to treatment for those with substance abuse issues. This proposal has been endorsed by multiple County Prosecuting Attorneys.
Bob Ferguson’s entire Plan to Keep Washington Families Safe on our Roads can be read here: www.electbobferguson.com/pages/129/dui.