License suspension is a sanction under most state’s drunk driving laws, and has been for a long time. In Washington, even a first-offense DUI results in suspension or revocation for at least 90 days under the implied consent statute. If you refuse a breath test or have a prior conviction on your record, that number increases.
Although it is the go-to penalty, many disagree with the plan of action. It is difficult to enforce, easily ignored and unreasonably burdens the defendant instead of addressing the impairment issue. In addition, suspensions stay in place even in cases that do not result in conviction. Is there another option?