HB 1363 - Mostly GOOD BILL

Bill Title: Concerning vehicular pursuits.

Committee: Transportation
Companion Bill: SB 5352

Bill Summary:

  • Declaring an emergency and amending the Law regarding police pursuits

What the Bill says:

  • A peace officer may not engage in a vehicular pursuit, unless:(a)(((i))) There is ((probable cause to believe)) reasonable suspicion that a person in the vehicle has committed or is committing  ((a)): (i) A violent offense ((or)) as defined in RCW 9.94A.030; (ii) A sex offense as defined in RCW 9.94A.030((, or an)); (iii) A vehicular assault offense under RCW 46.61.522; (iv) An assault in the first, second, third, or fourth degree  offense under chapter 9A.36 RCW, involving domestic violence as defined in RCW 10.99.020;16 (v) An escape under chapter 9A.76 RCW; or (((ii) There is reasonable suspicion a person in the vehicle has  committed or is committing a)) (vi) A driving under the influence  offense under RCW 46.61.502;

What the bill means:

  • It requires constant communication of the officer in pursuit with literally all other actively involved officers and the supervisor but it does not demand clearance to begin pursuit . It has a sunset of 5 years on this law. It is a step forward towards returning to law and order on the streets.

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