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RSVP aiding DUI research

Editor:

It was interesting and revealing to read, Sept. 8, the Havre Daily News article on Page A1, "Report issued halfway through DUI research."

It has long been a stickler to law enforcement officers on just how to proceed on convictions of charges of driving under the influence. Counties vary, and there are different perceptions of the blood alcohol content on each individual case. In order to serve the legislative interim committee with research facts, the Montana Community Change Coalition has been using Retired Senior Volunteers Program volunteers in Hill and Blaine counties to gather the statistics necessary to support legislation that will be addressed in the forthcoming Legislature. To this end, the sixth-month report said that "the purpose of the study includes providing data about how law enforcement and courts deal with DUIs, providing information to the Legislature, community groups and government agencies to improve enforcement and treatment."

In this area, the RSVP volunteers are tracking 70 cases in Hill County and 14 in Blaine. If you wish to add your own comments and suggestions, contact Moving Forward in Blaine County at 357-2345 or the Hill County Coalition for Rethinking Drinking at 265-5481.

Thank you to the HDN for reporting on this study, and thank you to the RSVP volunteers for their time and interest in helping to collect the data necessary to making effective and long-range solutions to driving while drunk. We will all benefit from this study.

Arlie Lane

Havre

Editor:

It was interesting and revealing to read, Sept. 8, the Havre Daily News article on Page A1, "Report issued halfway through DUI research."

It has long been a stickler to law enforcement officers on just how to proceed on convictions of charges of driving under the influence. Counties vary, and there are different perceptions of the blood alcohol content on each individual case. In order to serve the legislative interim committee with research facts, the Montana Community Change Coalition has been using Retired Senior Volunteers Program volunteers in Hill and Blaine counties to gather the statistics necessary to support legislation that will be addressed in the forthcoming Legislature. To this end, the sixth-month report said that "the purpose of the study includes providing data about how law enforcement and courts deal with DUIs, providing information to the Legislature, community groups and government agencies to improve enforcement and treatment."

In this area, the RSVP volunteers are tracking 70 cases in Hill County and 14 in Blaine. If you wish to add your own comments and suggestions, contact Moving Forward in Blaine County at 357-2345 or the Hill County Coalition for Rethinking Drinking at 265-5481.

Thank you to the HDN for reporting on this study, and thank you to the RSVP volunteers for their time and interest in helping to collect the data necessary to making effective and long-range solutions to driving while drunk. We will all benefit from this study.

Arlie Lane

Havre

 

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