(April 14) – The House gave preliminary approval this morning to a crackdown on drunk driving in Colorado, casting a voice vote for a bill to put four-time repeat DUI offenders in prison.
“It’s time to say enough is enough,” Rep. Beth McCann, D-Denver, told the House this morning. “We are not going to tolerate people continuing to drive while they are intoxicated.”
Current Colorado law treats every conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs as a misdemeanor. HB15-1043, with the bipartisan sponsorship of Reps. McCann and Lori Saine, R-Firestone, would make a person’s fourth DUI or DWAI (driving while ability impaired) conviction a Class 4 felony punishable by two to six years’ imprisonment, with a probation-treatment combination continuing to be an option.
The bill also increases treatment options for third-time offenders and extends the time period for the use of interlock devices on the vehicles of repeat offenders.
Rep. McCann pointed out that Colorado is one of only five states that does not have a felony DUI law