Representative Roger Goodman of Kirkland is continuing his push for sobriety checkpoints, reports MyNorthwest.
After spearheading this year's push to strengthen Washington DUI laws, it appears that Goodman has set his sights to 2014 to further push his agenda. Goodman believes that despite already having some of the toughest DUI laws in the country, the Washington State still needs to a better job keeping tabs on repeat DUI offenders and enhancing drunk driving penalties.
It's expected that Goodman will introduce a proposal in January that will allow sobriety checkpoints. With these checkpoints, every driver stopped will be checked for intoxication. It's likely that law enforcement would choose popular drinking nights like weekends and holidays to set up the checkpoints. It's unclear if authorities would need to announce these checkpoints first.
Currently, the Washington Constitution prohibits such checkpoints. The courts have found the checkpoints to be too much of an invasion on individual's privacy as plenty of sober individuals will be pulled over too. But the state is in the minority in the country, as 39 other states allow the use of DUI checkpoints.
Goodman has stated that sobriety checkpoints can reduce deaths and serious injuries by roughly 25 percent. However, it is likely a difficult road to convince the courts and the public that the checkpoints will not be an unreasonable invasion on privacy rights.
This year has brought a lot of change and upheaval to Washington DUI law. It appears that 2014 may also bring similar change. As a result, if you have been charged with a DUI, you should consider contacting a Seattle DUI attorney to understand the charges and penalties you face. To discuss the details of your case, call an experienced attorney at Wolff Criminal Defense by dialing 425-284-2000.
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