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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: January 15, 2021 10:58 AM
From: Representative Todd Stephens
To: All House members
Subject: Using Technology to Reduce Recidivism for Repeat DUI Offenders
I am re-introducing legislation, formerly HB 916, to utilize proven technology to better address repeat DUI offenders. Last session’s bill was supported by AAA and the PA District Attorney’s Association as the House passed it with overwhelming bipartisan support.

Several counties in Pennsylvania have implemented a successful program using alcohol monitoring devices as a condition of bail for repeat offenders. My legislation will authorize courts to require an alcohol monitoring device as a condition of bail, probation and parole for repeat offenders.

Data shows recidivism rates for repeat DUI offenders who wore a device for at least 90 days are 50% less than those who were alternatively sentenced. In York County the program has resulted in a dramatic reduction in the number of DUI offenders arrested for another DUI within the first year, in DUI victims served by the District Attorney’s office and in the number of alcohol-related crashes.

Please join me in cosponsoring this important piece of legislation.

Introduced as HB521