Law Which Ends DUI Loopholes Takes Effect, Grove Says
HARRISBURG – A new law took effect today which will help make roads safer by correcting language in the state’s Vehicle Code. Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) said the legislation was authored after the Pennsylvania Superior Court determined the language involving the repeat sentencing of DUI offenders is flawed.

Act 189 of 2014 was signed into law this fall. The legislation, which was known as Senate Bill 1239, was amended by the House Transportation Committee to include language found in House Bill 212, which was authored by Grove. The legislation ends a loophole revealed in the Supreme Court case Commonwealth v. Haag. In that case, the defendant was arrested for driving under the influence twice in the same night, but only faced less serious penalties because he hadn’t been yet convicted of the first charge.

“Under the old law, someone would need to be convicted first in order to face more serious charges,” Grove said. “This legislation makes sure that people in this situation are held accountable.”

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Representative Seth Grove
196th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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