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OKLAHOMA CITY – A bill that prohibits most municipal courts from handling drunken driving cases is one of more than two dozen measures signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.

Fallin signed the Impaired Driving Elimination Act during a ceremony Monday, flanked by members of a commission she created to address drunken driving in the state.

Fallin says the bill closes a loophole in existing law that allows drunk drivers to rack up multiple convictions that don’t appear on their records. The bill would prohibit municipal prosecution of drunken-driving cases, unless the court is a municipal court of record.

Oklahoma City and Tulsa currently are the only municipal courts of record in the state. There are 352 other municipal courts.

The law takes effect Nov. 1.