Posted: Apr 29, 2013 4:08 PM by Marnee Banks - MTN News
HELENA - Montana Governor Steve Bullock (D) has signed a bill cracking down on repeat DUI offenders.
House Bill 355, sponsored by Representative Christy Clark (R - Choteau) and endorsed by Attorney General Tim Fox (R), extends the look back period for drinking and driving offenses.
Under the old law, drivers could be charged with aggravated DUI if they had been charged with a DUI within the past three years. The new law rolls it back to 10 years.
Fox says by lengthening the look back period it holds repeat offenders accountable.
"It will bring more people into the system. So we can get them help under the 24/7 sobriety program," Fox said in an interview. "That way we can reduce the repeat offenders, get people off the road, get them the help they need, and hopefully make our public highways safer."
Under this legislation, drivers receiving three or more DUIs will always have those offenses on their record.
The law takes effect immediately.