Montana Alcohol and Crime Briefs
Montana is now over one year into a great start to their own 24/7 Sobriety Program. The program, modeled after the South Dakota 24/7 Sobriety Program, went statewide in October 2011. Seventeen counties participate in the program and 19 more have attended the Attorney General’s Office training to launch their own programs. Statewide statistics continue to be enormously positive with more than 56,000 tests administered and a 99.7 success rate. The program verifies what Montana judges have consistently required of DUI defendants – that they stay out of bars and places where alcohol is served and that they abstain from drinking. The 24/7 Program verifies that offenders are complying with judges orders.
- After a successful pilot of the 24-7 Sobriety Program, the legislature and the Governor signed passed the 24-7 Sobriety Act at Attorney General Steve Bullock’s request. Read the text and legislative history » The Act, which went into effect on October 1, 2011 provided funding to expand the program statewide. Download General Bullock’s article on the program.
- A draft request was submitted for a bill (MT D 243) that would increase the consequences for refusing to provide a blood or breath sample in DUI cases.
- Attorney General Steve Bullock announced that Montana will pilot test the South Dakota 24/7 Sobriety Program in Lewis & Clark County, Montana.
- Montana former Attorney General Mike McGrath has introduce the Montana Alcohol Abuse and Drug-Free Plan, a ballot initiative that would earmark $5 million per year in state alcohol taxes to pay for addiction treatment, prevention, and drug/DUI courts. The initiative would shift the money to a state special revenue account to be administered by the Montana Board of Crime Control. The initiative will require 24,337 signatures to qualify for the November ballot.