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Governor Gregoire Signs Bill to Make 5th DUI Conviction a Felony

For Immediate Release: March 15, 2006

One measure will protect citizens from devastation caused by drunk driving

OLYMPIA - Governor Chris Gregoire today signed into law 29 pieces of legislation. Among the measures was a bill that makes a DUI conviction a felony if the offender has over four offenses in the past ten years or has ever been convicted of vehicular homicide or assault while under the influence or alcohol or drugs.

"This bill will increase the safety of all Washingtonians by taking repeat offenders off our roads," said Governor Gregoire. "The safety of our citizens is a top priority and I am proud of the bipartisan effort behind this bill."

For information on all of the bills that were signed, please visit the Governor's website or the Washington Legislature website.

House Bills:

1850, 2501, 2651, 2715, 2723, 2857, 2910, 3074, 3087, 3120, 3266 and 3317.

Senate Bills:

5714, 6896, 6159, 6169, 6185, 6189, 6231, 6338, 6366, 6373, 6416, 6418, 6459, 6606, 6658, 6679 and 6766.