Nixon signs Missouri drunken driving bill

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on June 2, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 2 at 8:12 PM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) --Gov. Jay Nixon has signed drunken driving legislation designed to steer people toward treatment programs and help track repeat offenders.

Nixon had made it a priority to overhaul Missouri's drunken driving laws after concerns that punishment for drunken-driving varies widely among counties. The governor signed the bill Wednesday; the law takes effect Aug. 28.

Under the legislation, all Missouri courts could develop special drunken driving courts that focus on treatment. Repeat offenders and those caught with higher blood-alcohol contents would need to complete the treatment program or face jail time.

Law officers and prosecutors also must set standards for reporting drunken driving offenses to a state database. That information already is required, but gaps have created problems.

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