New Changes to DWI Law in Missouri

9 years 3 months 1 week ago Wednesday, August 25 2010 Aug 25, 2010 Wednesday, August 25, 2010 10:44:38 AM CDT August 25, 2010 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Beginning this Saturday, Missouri state law cracks down harder on drunk driving.

The law Gov. Nixon signed nearly three months ago intends to make the roads safer for Missourians.

"Certainly, the message is clear, don't drink and drive." said Mark Richardson Cole County Prosecuting Attorney.

According to officials, this law focuses on harsher penalties and repeat-offenders.

"There are places in the law that says there will be harsher or can be harsher punishments for those with a 0.15 blood alcohol level or higher." said Richardson.

After being pulled over, a 0.15 blood alcohol level can mean 48 hours in jail, and 0.2 could mean 5-10 days in jail.

Furthermore, Richardson said that in Cole County and other Missouri Counties a DWI court will be established to deal specifically with DWI cases.

Now, law enforcement officials can know almost immediately if the person they arrested has a previous  DUI arrest.

"If another deputy, someone in another county, or someone in the city, you might write it as a first offense, when really it is a second offense." said Captain Tim Hull, State Highway Patrol.

Hull also said, "A lot of times the court system maybe stacked up and it may be several months or even a year down the road before that actually got put on their driving record."

The law also entails new rules for people pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving, you can no longer refuse to submit to a chemical test upon request by the law enforcement officer.

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