Senate President on Open Container

By Beacon Staff

Republican Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Shockley of Victor was cited for having an open alcohol container while driving through Missoula last week. Shockley’s committee is overseeing a number of proposals that would crack down on what many see as lax DUI laws in Montana.

Senate President Jim Peterson said he is still committed to DUI reform. He said in a statement:

“We are obviously very disappointed to hear the report that a member of our body was found to be in possession of an open container while driving last Friday evening. We are in full support of strong laws against drinking and driving that apply to every Montanan. We are committed to pursuing meaningful DUI reform and working to change the culture of drinking and driving in Montana.”

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