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Bullock proposes statewide expansion of DUI program

HELENA — Following a pilot program in Lewis
and Clark County that boasts a 99.9 percent rate, the Montana
Attorney General and other officials hope to bring the 24/7
Sobriety Project statewide with new legislation.

The program, which requires those who are
arrested for a second and subsequent DUI to take a breath test
twice a day at their own expense, is one of a three-pronged
strategy unveiled Thursday morning by Attorney General Steve
Bullock to curb repeat drunken driving offenses statewide.

The other two components are to criminalize
the refusal of blood or breath testing during a DUI investigation,
having that offense carry the same penalty as driving drunk and
creating an aggravated DUI offense for those who are caught driving
with a .15 blood alcohol content or higher, which is nearly twice
the legal limit.

“I’ll be asking to state Legislature to join
us in looking at these simple, effective and low-cost ways to make
a real difference in our communities,” Bullock said.

Representative-elect Steve Lavin of Kalispell
will carry the legislation.

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