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Mo. Senate backs checks of some drunken drivers

Mo. Senate backs checks of some drunken drivers

April 27th, 2012 in News

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.


Background checks bill is SB893



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.