Governor Bill Ritter signed legislation on Tuesday that requires jail sentances for repeat DUI offenders. The Denver Post
is reporting that the new law imposes a minimum ten day sentence for a second DUI and sixty day sentances for each DUI after that. It permits work release programs but does not allow in-home detention if a second DUI occurs within five years of the first. “In Colorado, we were operating a revolving door for drunk drivers,” said Rep. Claire Levy, the House sponsor. “I can’t think of a bigger risk to public safety.” The Denver Post reported in a series of stories last year that some drunken drivers were sentenced to no time in jail on their fourth, fifth and even seventh offenses. The Post also found that sentences for repeat offenders varied widely from court to court and from county to county, and some offenders were spared jail time after they killed people while driving drunk.
According to DUI-USA.drinkdriving.org
, in Colorado in 2007, 27,969 individuals were arrested for drunk driving. There were a total of 198 fatalities caused in Colorado due to driving under the influence of alcohol.
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