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Senate Approves Bill to Stop Repeat DUI Offenders

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Senate Approves Bill to Stop Repeat DUI Offenders

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A measure to track and keep repeat impaired drivers off Oklahoma roads passed the Senate unanimously.

House Bill 3146, authored by state Sen. Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, and state Rep. Mike Sanders, R-Kingfisher, will require all driving-under-the-influence cases to be handled by courts of record.

Currently, Oklahoma City and Tulsa are the state's only municipal courts of record. Only those convicted in these two courts are held accountable on subsequent offenses because their crimes are reported to the Oklahoma Supreme Court Network.

Under HB 3146, municipal courts not of record will no longer be eligible to hear DUI cases. Any municipality with a population of 60,000 or more has the option to create a court of record. DUI cases in jurisdictions with courts not of record will be referred to district court. …

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