Council member Jon Snyder attends Governor signing of new DUI law

Jon Snyder, City Council Member, 509.625.6254

Friday, July 19, 2013 at 3:15 p.m.

Spokane City Councilman Jon Snyder was invited to attend the signing of the DUI law in a ceremony at the Washington State Patrol office in Tacoma yesterday. The new legislation, which features a wide range of new policy to reduce repeat driving under the influence offenses, was passed with bi-partisan support in the recently completed legislative session. Also representing the Spokane area at the signing was Senator Mike Padden (R-Spokane Valley), who was crucial to moving the bill through the legislature as Chair of the Senate Law and Justice Committee.

Council member Snyder was invited as a member of the Governor's Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC). The mission of the WTSC is to reduce traffic fatalities in the state of Washington and reducing DUIs is their top priority. The WTSC's highest profile program is Target Zero, a coordinated law enforcement, judicial, and educational program to crack down on DUIs. As a WTSC board member, Councilman Snyder voted for funding of new Target Zero enforcement teams in Spokane County this summer where Washington State Patrol troopers will work with local law enforcement. The goal is to reduce traffic fatalities in the state of Washington to zero by 2030, because even a single life lost is unacceptable.

“When we aim low, we achieve low,” says Snyder. “But when we aim high, we can achieve high.”

Councilmember Snyder also is releasing a factsheet (attached) prepared by the WTSC that has a detailed look at the new policies in DUI bill. “I would like to commend Governor Inslee and everyone who worked to make this bill a reality,” says Snyder.