Should repeat drunk drivers be allowed on the roads? If you've been injured by one, your answer is probably a resounding, "no." A Feb. 5 report discusses the way Colorado handles repeat offenders and what needs to be done to keep residents safe on the roads.
According to the story, you can get several DUIs in Colorado without going to prison, and you'll still be able to drive. In the state, any arrest following your third DUI is treated the same as a repeat offense. That means that the 20th arrest for a DUI is treated the same as your third. These drivers may have their licenses revoked or suspended, but that doesn't always keep them off the roads.
The El Paso County Sheriff's Deputy discussing the situation reported that between 30 to 35 percent of people being arrested for DUIs in Colorado are actually repeat offenders. There is no felony law in Colorado for DUIs, which means the punishments aren't as severe as in some other states.
Now, a bill has been introduced that could change this and help get dangerous drivers off the roads. The House Bill 1043 aims to add a DUI felony to the state's driving laws. It could give the police more power to charge and prosecute people who get behind the wheel while drunk time and time again; they may be able to imprison them or impound their vehicles among other steps that could keep other residents safe. While the bill hasn't passed yet, it's hoped that it could be when it comes to vote next time.
Source: KKTV, "11 Investigates Repeat Drunk Drivers" Lauri Martin, Feb. 05, 2015