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Originally published Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 10:58 AM

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Lawmakers consider tougher DUI laws

Lawmakers are considering tightening up the state's laws against driving under the influence after two recent cases that left three dead and two - including an infant - critically injured.

Associated Press

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OLYMPIA, Wash. —

Lawmakers are considering tightening up the state's laws against driving under the influence after two recent cases that left three dead and two - including an infant - critically injured.

Rep. Roger Goodman is holding a work group meeting Tuesday to discuss a variety of ideas to stop more impaired drivers. He and other lawmakers from the Senate and House will meet with Gov. Jay Inslee in the afternoon to discuss what ideas could be included in legislation. The Senate has already carved out time for a Thursday morning hearing on a newly-introduced, title-only bill on driving under the influence.

Goodman said that while the state has already passed several laws in past years to increase penalties for drunk drivers, in light of recent deadly accidents, "there's a compelling state interest here to improve road safety."

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