Grove DUI Stacking Proposal Reported from House Transportation Committee
4/21/2010

The House Transportation Committee today reported out legislation that contains a proposal by Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) that would allow for the stacking of driving under the influence (DUI) charges for offenders caught for a second DUI before the first charge has been adjudicated. 

“A recent court case, Commonwealth versus Haag, opened up a loophole in Pennsylvania’s DUI laws to allow drunken driving offenders to be charged with multiple first offenses if the original offense had not been settled in court,” said Grove.  “My legislation would correct Pennsylvania law to allow for any DUI violation which occurs after the initial offense, but before a hearing, to be considered a subsequent offense.” 

Language similar to Grove’s House Bill 2261 was amended into House Bill 914.  This legislation, authored by Rep. Tom Houghton (D-Chester), would require DUI offenders with a blood alcohol content of 0.10 percent or higher to have their vehicles equipped with an ignition interlock device.  It would also increase the required time period such devices would be mandatory in the vehicles of third-time and higher offenders. 

“It is obvious that any person arrested for a DUI, who is caught drunk driving again before the first arrest even makes it to trial, is not taking our laws seriously,” said Grove.  “Drunk driving is dangerous and puts the lives of everyone on the road at risk.  We must send a message to drunk drivers that such behavior will not be tolerated and will be met with severe penalty.” 

Representative Seth Grove
196th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(717) 767-3947
Contact:  Nicole Wamsley
nwamsley@pahousegop.com or (717) 783-8063
Member site: 
RepGrove.com
Twitter site:  Twitter.com/repgrove

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