Drunk drivers face new punishment program

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Drunk drivers face new punishment program

KGMI News Reporting
By Tracy Ellis

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Tougher punishment for drunk drivers is the goal of a new DUI program kicking off tomorrow.

It’s not coming to Whatcom County yet, but it could in the future.

The Washington State Patrol pilot program begins in Chelan, Spokane and Thurston counties and in the cities of Kent and Centralia.

Drivers charged with a second DUI will face a judge who could require daily monitoring of any alcohol or drug use.

They’ll 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 will go to jail.