DUI bill increases penalties for frequent offenders

Posted at 6:46 AM, Apr 13, 2017

DENVER — The Colorado House of Representatives is considering a bill on Thursday that would increase jail time for frequent DUI offenders. HB-1288 sponsors said this bill aims to plug the fourth DUI discount loophole.

Under current law, a person who commits a third DUI offense must spend a minimum of 60 days in jail. On the fourth offense, they may only face probation and never see the inside of a jail cell.

If this bill passes, anyone who commits a fourth or subsequent DUI offense will be in jail for a minimum of 90 days.

“Really surprising and shocking and horrifying that we would find someone with their fourth or fifth offense would actually serve no jail time at all in this state," said bill sponsor Representative Lori Saine.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) connects with survivors of DUI related incidents. The organization believe this bill would advocate for the victims."

“We worked with several families victims who had been affected by repeat drunk drivers and their main question was why wasn’t something more done," said MADD State Executive Director Fran Lanzer. "There would be accountability for people especially those who continue to drive drunk or impaired.”

Sponsors introduced the bill in March. It will go before representatives again on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

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