House Sends Drunken-Driving Bill to the Governor

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Denver (AP) A bill giving the state more flexibility to gather evidence from drunken drivers is on its way to Governor Ritter for his signature.

The Senate Bill passed the House Wednesday, 51-to-14.

Representative Jim Riesberg, a Democrat from Greeley, says a loophole allows someone suspected of driving under the influence to choose either a blood alcohol test or a breathalyzer test.

If a test is not administered within two hours after the arrest, law enforcement does not have the proper evidence for a conviction.

The bill passed Wednesday still allows a driver to choose tests, but authorities could administer the other test if the suspect's preferred test can't be administered because of unforeseen circumstances.

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