In 2009 and 2011, Montana lawmakers nibbled around the edges of DUI reform by enacting measures dealing exclusively with repeat offenders. In 2013, Montana must address the entire drunk driving problem by requiring ignition interlocks for all first time convicted drunk drivers.
Source: SAMHSA Report to Congress on The Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking, May 2011
NOTE: Binge Alcohol Use is defined as drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion (i.e., at the same time or within a couple hours of each other) on at least 1 day in the past 30 days.
Statutes providing for penalties to be brought against a drunk driver who kills another person through the operation of a motor vehicle, either intentionally or negligently.
Mandatory Alcohol Assessment/Treatment
Law that mandates all convicted DUI/DWI offenders undergo an assessment of alcohol abuse problems and participate in required treatment program.
Statutes which allow for a judge or administrative agency to order a convicted drunk driver to operate a vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device for a period of time following a conviction for drunk driving
Law that makes DUI/DWI a felony offense based on the number of prior convictions.
DUI Child Endangerment
Statutes which allow for additional penalties for a drunk driving conviction with a child passenger in a vehicle
Laws allowing liability of establishments arising out of the sale of alcohol to obviously intoxicated persons or minors who subsequently cause death or injury to third-parties as a result of alcohol-related crashes.
.08 Per Se Law
Law that makes it illegal to operate a motor vehicle at or above .08 Blood Alcohol Concentration.
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For more resources on Montana, please visit:
- NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts for Montana (http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/departments/nrd-30/ncsa/STSI/30_MT/2011/30_MT_2011.htm)
- Montana State Highway Traffic Safety Bureau (http://www.mdt.mt.gov/safety/safetyprg.shtml)