We’re working with other state agencies to keep alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers off the roads. Washington wants to increase impaired driving arrests, improve prosecution, set up more DUI courts, and promote the use of ignition-interlock devices.
In Washington state, impaired driving is defined as:
• driving while under the influence of drugs,
• driving while impaired by alcohol, or
• driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or above.
Impaired Driving Fact Sheet (70.09 KB)
We coordinate WIDAC, the council of state agencies and organizations working to reduce impaired driving.
Our high-profile enforcement programs include high visibility enforcement and the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.
We fund criminal justice projects that improve prosecution, sentencing, and treatment.
DUI Victim Impact Panels are designed to educate communities about the effects of driving under the influence, provide education to subjects and their families who are facing DUI charges, and assist the victims and families of victims who have been involved in a DUI incident. We maintain a registry of qualified Victim Impact Panels.
We provide grants to for special DUI courts and evaluate data on the effectiveness of ignition interlock devices.
Reduce excessive drinking and underage drinking
We support innovative law enforcement projects including party-intervention patrols to keep teens from drinking and to prevent people who have been drinking from getting behind the wheel.
Shelly Baldwin - Program Manager
Mark Medalen - Program Manager