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County approves DUI recividism program

August 13th, 2014 - 5:01am

(Port Angeles) Clallam County is moving ahead with a program aimed at helping repeat driving under the influence cases.

County commissioners yesterday, signed the agreement that sets up a sobriety program for the county. It's a pilot program being run in a number of jurisdictions in the state.

Under the program, a judge can offer a DUI suspect the opportunity to go on monitoring for drug or alcohol use while he or she awaits trial for a DUI.

The county will contract with Friendship Diversion, where those on the program would be required to check in at least daily for tests. If they fail, the defendant could be warned, but eventually could end up back in jail with costs.

Defendants would pay for the cost of being on the sobriety program and still maintain the option of going to trial on the DUI charges.

The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs are expected to provide a study that measures changes in recidivism and related county or city savings or costs each year during the pilot period.

The program is expected to be implemented statewide by January 1, 2017.

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