WSR 12-03-081

PERMANENT RULES

WASHINGTON STATE PATROL


[ Filed January 13, 2012, 2:59 p.m. , effective February 13, 2012 ]


Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

Purpose: With the passage of SB [E2SSB] 5000, the rules regarding vehicle impounds need to be updated to reflect the new process for a DUI impound.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 204-96-010.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 46.55.075.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 11-23-134 on November 21, 2011.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 2, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 2, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: January 13, 2012.

John R. Batiste

Chief

OTS-4400.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 04-07-012, filed 3/4/04, effective 4/4/04)

WAC 204-96-010   Vehicle impounds.   (1) When a driver of a vehicle is arrested for a violation of((:

((RCW 46.61.502 Driving under the influence,
RCW 46.61.504 Physical control of vehicle under the influence,
RCW 46.20.342 Driving while license suspended or revoked,
Driving under other license/permit while license suspended or revoked,))

RCW 46.20.342, the arresting officer may, in his/her own discretion, considering reasonable alternatives, cause the vehicle to be impounded.

(a) When an arrest is made for violation of RCW 46.20.342 and the vehicle is a commercial vehicle, the driver of the vehicle is not the owner of the vehicle, the owner was not in the vehicle at the time, and the owner has not received a prior release under RCW 46.55.113(3) or 46.55.120 (1)(a)(ii), prior to impounding the vehicle the officer ((shall)) will attempt in a reasonable and timely manner to contact the owner of the vehicle and may release the vehicle to the owner if the owner is reasonably available.

(b) If the driver is arrested for a violation of RCW 46.20.342 (1)(c) (3rd degree suspended/revoked) and has no convictions for violations of RCW 46.20.342 in the past five years, the vehicle may be impounded, but no suspended driver hold ((shall)) will be placed on the vehicle. If the driver is also the registered owner then the vehicle ((shall)) will be held until all outstanding penalties, fines, and forfeitures owed by him/her are satisfied. The driver/registered owner must present proof from a court of law that he/she has no outstanding penalties, fines, or forfeitures.

(c) If the driver is arrested for a violation of RCW 46.20.342 (1)(c) (3rd degree suspended/revoked) and has any prior convictions for violations of RCW 46.20.342 in the past five years, the vehicle may be held for thirty days.

(d) If the driver of the vehicle is arrested for a violation of RCW 46.20.342 (1)(a) or (b) (1st or 2nd degree suspended/revoked) and has no convictions for violations of RCW 46.20.342 in the past five years, the vehicle may be held for thirty days.

(e) If the driver of the vehicle is arrested for a violation of RCW 46.20.342 (1)(a) or (b) (1st or 2nd degree suspended/revoked) and has been convicted of a violation of RCW 46.20.342 (1)(a) or (b) in the past five years, the vehicle may be held for sixty days.

(f) If the driver of the vehicle is arrested for a violation of RCW 46.20.342 (1)(a) or (b) (1st or 2nd degree suspended/revoked) and has been convicted of a violation of RCW 46.20.342 (1)(a) or (b) two or more times in the past five years, the vehicle may be held for ninety days.

(2) The release of all vehicles impounded under this ((WAC shall)) section will be governed by RCW 46.55.120. Commercially rented vehicles may be impounded, however no suspended driver holds ((shall)) will be placed upon these vehicles. The rental company ((shall)) will be notified by phone.

(3) A vehicle may be released prior to the hold period upon a showing of economic or personal hardship to the spouse of the operator, taking into consideration public safety factors, including the operator's criminal history and driving record; or that the owner of the vehicle was not the driver, the owner did not know that the driver's license was suspended or revoked, and the owner has not received a prior release under RCW 46.55.120 (1)(a)(ii) or 46.55.113(3). Release ((shall)) will be denied in all other circumstances. All release requests ((shall)) will be in writing. Any denial or approval of a release ((shall)) will be in writing and ((shall)) will include factors considered by the impounding agency in reaching the decision.

((A uniform Washington state tow/impound and inventory record form is available through the office of the state printer.))

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.55.190. 04-07-012, 204-96-010, filed 3/4/04, effective 4/4/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.55.113 and 46.55.120. 01-05-098, 204-96-010, filed 2/20/01, effective 3/23/01; 00-18-006, 204-96-010, filed 8/24/00, effective 8/24/00; 99-18-026, 204-96-010, filed 8/24/99, effective 9/24/99.]


NEW SECTION
WAC 204-96-020   Vehicle impound -- DUI/PC with twelve hour hold.   When a driver of a vehicle is arrested for a violation of RCW 46.61.502 or 46.61.504, the arresting officer will impound the vehicle in accordance with RCW 46.55.360.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 204-96-030   Impound form.   A uniform Washington state tow/impound and inventory record form established under RCW 46.55.075 as outlined in this chapter will be made available through the office of the state printer.

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