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Repeat Alcohol Offenders Could Soon Face Tougher Penalties.

Date: February 24, 2009
By: Alex Rozier
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB 330

Intro: A man who represents drunk drivers urged legislatures to continuously monitor them for booze.

Alex Rozier (ROW-ZEER) has more from Jefferson City.

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A Defense Attorney testified to the House Public Safety Committee in support of a bill that would require the court to consider Continuous Alcohol Monitoring for individuals with more than one alcohol related offense.

Repeat offenders would have the opportunity for a reduced sentence if they were able to show they were alcohol free for a designated amount of time.

Sedalia Attorney Rob Russell said the bill provides needed documentation.

 
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Description: This gives us the opportunity to present to the court documentation showing that the individual has been sober, from the time that they have been on the device, up to that hearing.

 

The bill defines continuous alcohol monitoring as the automatic testing of alcohol levels at least once an hour regardless of the person's location.

From the State Capitol, I'm Alex Rozier.  


Intro: A Drug Court Administrator testified in support of continuous monitoring of drunk drivers. 

Alex Rozier (ROW-ZEER) has more from Jefferson City.

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Support came from both an attorney for drunk drivers and a drug court administrator in the House Public Safety Committee meeting on a bill looking to continuously monitor individuals with more than one alcohol related offense. 

The bill defines Continuous Alcohol Monitoring, or C.A.M., as the automatic testing of alcohol levels at least once an hour regardless of the person's location. 

Warren County Drug Court Administrator Christy Becker Markovich supports the bill.

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Description: "We are giving these individuals the opportunity to stay with their families, learn the tools to live a safe and sober life within their community, and to create a higher level of public safety."

The bill allows repeat offenders the opportunity for reduced sentences if they remain alcohol free for a specified amount of time.

From the State Capitol, I'm Alex Rozier.