The Oklahoma Senate has unanimously passed legislation to change how first-time driving under the influence (DUI) offenses are handled in Oklahoma.
Senate Bill 643, also known as the Impaired Driver Elimination Act 2 (IDEA2), is strongly supported by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), it’s author, Sen. Kim David, says. It would create the Impaired Driver Accountability Program (IDAP) within the Department of Public Safety (DPS).
Only first-time DUI offenders would be eligible to enter the program. Participants could have their license revocation reduced from one year to six months. If they successfully complete the program, their driving record will reflect that as well as no revocation, which will prevent higher insurance rates and will make seeking employment easier. Participants will also not be charged any reinstatement fees.
Those wishing to enter IDAP would have ten days from the date of their arrest to submit their application form. They would also have to have an ADSAC or DUI assessment reflecting a treatment category of I or II within 45 days as well as provide proof of installation of an interlock device. Participants would also be required to not receive any verified ignition violations during their last 60 days in the program.
Anyone who refuses to go into the program will be required to have a modified license and an interlock device on their vehicle for one year (rather than the current 180 days) before they can reinstate their license. The revocation will go on their record.
SB 643 makes it a misdemeanor for anyone to operate a non-interlock vehicle for a drunk driver who is in the IDAP program or has an interlock restricted license. It would also make refusing a breath test following a suspected drunk driving arrest a misdemeanor punishable with up to ten days in jail or a $1,000 fine.
The bill was requested by the Governor’s Impaired Driving Prevention Advisory Council.
Source: Oklahoma Senate
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