Drunk drivers to pay for emergency response
Driving under the influence will become much more expensive in King County.
A County Council motion calls for persons convicted of driving under the influence to pay for the emergency response to any accidents or incidents their erratic driving may have caused.
The council's motion directs the County Executive to develop a plan to be submitted to the council for recovering the costs for emergency response from persons convicted or granted deferred prosecution for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
It follows a 1993 state law authorizing public agencies to recover costs in such cases.
Last year, King County Police investigated more than 280 motor vehicle accidents in which alcohol or drugs were a contributing factor, including 32 serious injury or fatality accidents.
They arrested 1,336 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.