Drunk-Driving Proposal Gets Senate Panel Hearing

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – The Senate Judiciary Committee is taking up Attorney General Steve Bullock’s proposal to crack down on repeat drunk-driving offenders.

The committee is hearing the so-called “24/7” sobriety program Thursday morning after the bill passed the House last month on a 96-3 vote.

The program would require repeat drunk drivers to undergo twice-daily breath tests at their own expense as part of getting bail. Supporters say the program has been effective elsewhere ensuring repeat drunk drivers sober up, and doesn’t cost the state anything.

A number of DUI reform proposals are working through the Legislature after several high-profile deaths have put the state’s dangerous highways in the spotlight.

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