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Impaired Driving

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.Impaired driving is a leading factor in Washington traffic deaths.

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.

Program Objectives

Foster leadership through the Washington Impaired Driving Advisory Council (WIDAC)

We coordinate WIDAC, the council of state agencies and organizations working to reduce impaired driving.

Enforce DUI (Driving Under the Influence) laws

Our high-profile enforcement programs include high visibility enforcement and the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

Prosecute, sanction, and treat DUI offenders

We fund criminal justice projects that improve prosecution, sentencing, and treatment.

Educate (DUI Victim Impact Panels)

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.

Control high blood-alcohol concentration driving and repeat offenders

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.

Program Contact

Shelly Baldwin - Program Manager


Mark Medalen - Program Manager