State Touts Early Success with New DUI Program

By Beacon Staff

HELENA — Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock says nearly 11,000 alcohol breath tests have so far been conducted in the state’s new drunk driving enforcement program.

The 24/7 Sobriety Program forces repeat DUI offenders to undergo daily alcohol tests at their own expense. It went into place Oct. 1.

Bullock says that more than 99 percent of the tests have tested negative for alcohol. He says that is proof the program is keeping repeat offenders sober.

Bullock’s office says that nine counties have so far opted to launch the program. They are: Yellowstone, Flathead, Butte-Silver Bow, Anaconda-Deer Lodge, Powell, Lincoln, Big Horn and Custer, and Lewis and Clark.

Another 12 counties are working toward launching the program in February.