House Transportation Committee Approves Bill to End DUI Loopholes
HARRISBURG – The House Transportation Committee today approved Senate Bill 1239, which would correct language in the state’s Vehicle Code which the Pennsylvania Superior Court has determined is flawed, Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) said. The language involves the sentencing of repeat DUI offenders.

In addition to approving the bill, members of the committee voted to include language found in House Bill 212, authored by Grove. This bill would end a loophole revealed in the Supreme Court case Commonwealth v. Haag. In the case, the defendant was arrested for driving under the influence twice in the same evening.

“This person faced less serious charges because state law says a person must be convicted first before becoming a repeat offender,” Grove said. “This bill corrects that loophole for DUI sentencing, making sure offenders are held accountable for their actions.”

House Bill 212 earned the bipartisan support of more than 20 co-sponsors. The amended Senate Bill 1239 now goes to the full House for consideration.

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Representative Seth Grove
196th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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