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Senators back crackdown on drunken driving

 


Senators back crackdown on drunken driving

HELENA (AP) — Senators have endorsed a plan to create a new criminal charge for heavily intoxicated and repeat drunk drivers

The proposal would impose stricter punishments through a new category of driving under the influence called "aggravated DUI."

Repeat offenders or those with a high blood alcohol well above the legal limit could be charged with aggravated DUI. The offense includes a fine of up to $5,000 and up to one year in jail.

Senate Bill 15 supporters say the measure helps repeat offenders by creating a longer period of supervision to enforce sobriety.

State Sen, Rowlie Hutton, R-avre, voted for the measure. Sen. Jonathan Windy Boy voted no.

Republican Sen. Ryan Zinke of Whitefish argues the measure goes too far in stiffening DUI laws.

The proposal was endorsed Tuesday by a 39-11 vote. The bill faces one more largely procedural vote before heading to the House.

HELENA — Senators have endorsed a plan to create a new criminal charge for heavily intoxicated and repeat drunken drivers

The proposal would impose stricter punishments through a new category of driving under the influence called "aggravated DUI."

Repeat offenders or those with a high blood alcohol well above the legal limit could be charged with aggravated DUI. The offense includes a fine of up to $5,000 and up to one year in jail.

Senate Bill 15 supporters say the measure helps repeat offenders by creating a longer period of supervision to enforce sobriety.

State Sen, Rowlie Hutton, R-avre, voted for the measure. Sen. Jonathan Windy Boy voted no.

Republican Sen. Ryan Zinke of Whitefish argues the measure goes too far in stiffening DUI laws.

The proposal was endorsed Tuesday by a 39-11 vote. The bill faces one more largely procedural vote before heading to the House.

 

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