Bullock Statement on 24/7 Sobriety Project Passing Legislature
HELENA – Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock released the following statement after the Montana Legislature passed HB 106 – the statewide 24/7 Sobriety Project for repeat DUI offenders. The measure was introduced by Bullock and Rep. Steve Lavin (R-Kalispell).
“Legislators from all walks of life and from every corner of our state got behind this simple, effective and low-cost way to combat DUI. Statewide implementation of the 24/7 program will save lives, make our highways safer and hold drunk drivers accountable for their actions – without costing taxpayers a dime.
As a Montana Highway Patrol Trooper, Rep. Steve Lavin and law enforcement across our state, see the carnage that repeat drunk drivers cause on our highways. Steve’s done a great job shepherding this project through the legislature and it’s been an honor to work with him.
Over a year ago, I teamed with judges, law enforcement and victims’ families to introduce the 24/7 Project as a pilot program in Lewis & Clark County. Through their hard work, we were able to show the legislature that this program is worth taking statewide.”
Under the 24/7 legislation anyone who is arrested for a second or subsequent DUI will be required to submit to a breath test twice a day, every day, and stay sober 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from the time of their arrest until the completion of their sentence. The tests are paid for by the offenders.
Judges in Montana regularly require repeat DUI offenders to not drink and to stay out of bars as a condition of their bond, but state law has not provided a clear mechanism to ensure compliance.
Bullock introduced the 24/7 Sobriety Project as a pilot program in Lewis and Clark County. Since May of last year, county officials have administered over 11,400 breath tests. Ninety-nine percent of those tests have returned a BAC of 0.00 percent.
More information on the 24/7 Sobriety Project is online.