Cooke Continues to Strengthen DUI Penalties


DENVER—Today, the Senate unanimously passed the latest in Senator John Cooke's (R-Greeley) proposals to strengthen penalties against repeat drunk drivers.

House Bill 17-1288 increases penalties against those offenders who continue to commit crimes that endanger the safety of Colorado families on the road. 

HB 1288 requires courts sentence criminals who commit class 4 felony DUI or have been charged with four subsequent DUIs to up to 2 years, and no less than 90 days in the Department of Corrections.  

The bill also mandates additional community service requirements of up to 120 hours, as well as further drug and alcohol safety classes. 

In 2017, DUI fatalities are already up 6.5 percent with 34,140 citations issued to impaired motorists. 

In 2016, Senator John Cooke sponsored House Bill 16-1017 which made Victim Impact Panel appearances mandatory for all DUI offenses in Colorado.

"Driving drunk in Colorado is absolutely unacceptable, yet far too many people continue to commit these crimes that put so many innocent lives at risk," said Cooke. "In 2017, with so many safe alternatives available, those who continue to shamelessly disregard the safety of our law-abiding citizens, and brazenly ignore our laws by driving under the influence deserve the swiftest and strongest punishments. I will continue my work in the legislature to ensure that those with the audacity to drive drunk know this behavior is not acceptable in Colorado."

HB 1288 now moves on to the governor's desk for approval. 

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