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Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Washington Legislature. Austin Jenkins is the Olympia correspondent for the Northwest News Network. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) weekly public affairs program "Inside Olympia."

Inslee Calls For 'Aggressive' Approach To Drunk Drivers

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Governor Jay Inslee is demanding a renewed crackdown on drunk drivers. This after recent tragedies in the Seattle area.

The Democrat Tuesday called for more DUI patrols, more resources for prosecutors and stricter rules for ignition interlock devices.

“We've got to understand a drinking driver is just as dangerous as someone out there with a bomb in their car because that’s what they are," the governor said. "They’re rolling time bombs and that’s why I believe we need to be much more aggressive.”

Inslee also says it’s not acceptable that it takes a fifth DUI in ten years before a driver in Washington is charged with a felony. However, the chair of the House Public Safety Committee says if the state lowers that threshold it will have to build a new prison to make room for all the new inmates.

On the Web:

DUI in Washington state - Washington Department of Licensing