Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Drunk driving and carbon monoxide laws now in effect

Among the new laws that went into effect on New Year's Day are two laws aimed at saving lives.

The first deals with drunk drivers trying to cheat their ignition interlock devices. All new interlocks will now snap a photo when somebody blows into the tube to test their blood-alcohol level, so cheaters won't be able to get a sober passenger to blow into the tube for them.

The law – House Bill 2443 -- was authored by Rep. Roger Goodman (D-Kirkland), the new chair of the House Public Safety Committee.

You can read more about that law here, which also made other reforms to reduce drunk driving.

The second law deals with carbon monoxide poisoning, which can kill people without warning since the gas is odorless and colorless.

The law requires carbon monoxide detectors in homes and hotels, much like they're now required to have smoke detectors.

Related link: KOMO TV story about new laws taking effect Jan. 1.

Read this story in Spanish here.