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Repeat Drunk Driver Felony Bill HB 1043 Amended, Under Consideration

BLOG DUI Pot Is Illegal PhotoWe discussed in February proposed legislation to punish repeat drunk drivers by making repeat offenses felonies after either a third strike within seven years of the first, or a fourth strike in a person’s lifetime.

The current proposal has removed the three strikes rule in the bill’s original text. According to supporters of the bill, known as HB 1043, removing the three strikes rule will make the policy more desirable for policymakers who may not have supported the original text. It would also lower the cost of passing HB 1043 by placing fewer people in prison; the revised language is projected to cost Colorado $1.5 million in the debut year, as opposed to the $2.4 million cost of the first proposal.

Should the bill pass, Colorado would join 45 other states with felony DUI bills.

What are the Pros and Cons of HB 1043?

Opponents of the bill call it foolish and expensive, with some suggesting that the money this bill would cost the state would be better spent upgrading addiction treatment and rehabilitation programs. Supporters believe that current punishments are far too lenient and do not stop habitual drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel. According to MADD, 50 to 75 percent of drivers caught driving under the influence of alcohol will do it again.

Whether the bill passes or fails, drunk driving can still result in jail time, fines and revocation of driving privileges. If you are caught driving under the influence, you need to contact an experienced DUI attorney to help fight your charges.

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