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New car impound law for DUI arrests

If you needed yet another good reason not to drink and drive, take note of the new mandatory impound law that takes effect at midnight. The Washington State Patrol sent out a press release reminding people that the law now states that if someone is arrested for driving under the influence their car must be impounded and held for at least 12 hours. That means no more having a sober friend drive it home or having a family member come and pick it up. The car must be towed. The 12-hour hold is to prevent someone from getting back in their car and driving before they sober up. The only exception to the mandatory tow law is for commercial or farm transport vehicles.

So there you go. Yet another excellent reason not to drive home from the bar after you've had a few.

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Nina Culver
Nina Culver is a correspondent covering The Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund for 2017.

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