Mo. House backs overhaul of drunken driving laws -

Mo. House backs overhaul of drunken driving laws

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri House members have endorsed legislation designed to crack down on drunken drivers.

The bill gained first-round approval Wednesday on a voice vote. It needs another House vote to move to the Senate.

One provision in the bill would let police take blood samples from suspected drunken drivers without a warrant.

Gov. Jay Nixon convened a summit last year to study ways to ensure drunken drivers get the right punishment and don't re-offend.

The meeting was prompted by articles in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that highlighted how poor record-keeping and failure to punish drunken drivers let chronic offenders keep driving.

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