New Colo. law cracks down on repeat DUIs |

New Colo. law cracks down on repeat DUIs

DENVER (AP) – New state laws that take effect Thursday include one that cracks down on repeat drunken drivers.

The new law requires second-time offenders to face a minimum of 10 days in jail and third-time offenders a minimum of two months in jail. The maximum penalty will still be one year in jail.

The Denver Post reported in a series of stories last year that some repeat drunken drivers got no jail time. The Post also found that sentences for repeat offenders varied widely across Colorado.

The Colorado State Patrol says about 200 people died in alcohol-related crashes last year. State Patrol Sgt. John Hahn says the agency made 572 DUI arrests over last year’s Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Information from: KUSA-TV,