New DUI enforcement program begins Jan. 1

SEATTLE — The Washington State Patrol is starting a new DUI enforcement program on New Year’s Day. The pilot program will bring tougher punishments for some intoxicated drivers in five areas of the state.

KING-TV reports new programs will begin in Chelan, Spokane and Thurston counties, as well as in the cities of Kent and Centralia.

Drivers charged with their second DUI in those areas will face a judge who may require daily monitoring of any substance use.

They will either report to jail twice a day to give a breath test or pay more for an ankle monitor.

Offenders pay for the tests and if they fail, they go to jail.

State Trooper Ray Seaburg hopes the new program will cut back on repeat offenders.

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