Mo. Senate backs checks of some drunken drivers

Editor's note: See the correction noted below this article.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Senate has approved a bill requiring people with multiple drunken driving convictions to undergo criminal background checks before getting their license reinstated.

Under current law, a driver with three or more DUI convictions must wait 10 years after the latest conviction to ask for a new license.

The Senate bill would require proof that the person has not been convicted of a crime involving drugs or alcohol in that 10-year period. Convicted drivers would have to submit two sets of fingerprints and pay the cost of the background checks.

The measure now goes to the House.

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Background checks bill is SB893

Online:

Legislature: http://www.moga.mo.gov

Correction: The original version of this story incorrectly reported the number of convictions it takes to trigger the requirement that a driver wait 10 years to ask for a new license. The text above has since been corrected to reflect it takes three or more DUI convictions.

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