Bill toughens Oklahoma’s DUI convictions by creating universal database

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A bill that would toughen laws dealing with drunken driving arrests recently passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

According to The Oklahoman, small city courts are not considered courts of record, so DUI convictions in those areas are not always submitted to a district court.

However, a new bill would require that if a person is charged with DUI in one of those municipalities, that charge would then be filed in district court.

That way, police officers and prosecutors would have a full record of drunken driving arrests in the state.

Rep. Mike Sanders says the bill is personal.

According to The Oklahoman, Sanders’ wife was hit from behind by a suspected drunk driver.

“There were six open containers in his vehicle and this was his fifth DUI in five months,” Sanders said. “This has happened in several different counties and several different cities. The cities were not talking with the district courts.”

House Bill 3146, also known as the “Impaired Driving Elimination Act,” passed  82-5.

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