Seattle City Council
12/6/2005 5:39:00 PM
Lisa Herbold, (206) 684-8803
COMMITTEE PASSES BILLS FOR SAFER SEATTLE
Bills target reckless driver, auto thieves, and burglars
SEATTLE—The City Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Arts Committee, chaired by Councilmember Nick Licata, approved two bills to address public safety issues in Seattle. The two bills, sponsored by Councilmember Licata, were proposed jointly by City Attorney Tom Carr and Mayor Greg Nickels.
Council bill 115453 adds negligent driving causing serious injury or death as a category of assault. This allows prosecution with a punishment of up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine. Previously these types of infractions only carried a fine of $101.
Council bill 115454 makes it a gross misdemeanor to manufacture or possess tools used for burglary or auto theft.
Committee Chair, Councilmember Licata, said today of the committee action, “The Council, Mayor, and City Attorney share the goals of a safer city. With today’s vote we hope to deter those disregarding the rules of the road and the occurrence of property crimes that can so disrupt the lives of people living in or visiting our City.”
The City Council will take a final vote on both of these bills on Monday, December 12 at 2:00 p.m in Council Chambers (600 4th Avenue downtown).