Monday, December 30, 2013

New DUI Program Begins January 1

The Spokesman-Review is reporting that the Washington State Patrol is starting a new DUI enforcement program on New Year’s Day. The pilot program means tougher punishments for some intoxicated drivers in five areas of the state, including Spokane.

The new program goes into effect in Chelan, Spokane and Thurston counties, as well as in the cities of Kent and Centralia.
Drivers charged with their second DUI in these areas may be required to do daily monitoring of substance use. That means 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.

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SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.