by Daniel Ennis, Bozeman Daily Chronicle, 12-25-18

Legislators in Helena are preparing for a complete overhaul of the state DUI code, hoping to simplify laws and change Montana’s dialogue when it comes to drinking and driving.

The Montana Attorney General’s office is suggesting several bills aiming to clarify confusing rules, close loopholes, and increase funding for more preventive programs to keep intoxicated Montanans off the roads.

“Over the years, DUI statutes have been enacted and amended so many times they’re honestly convoluted and confusing,” said Attorney General Tim Fox. “Not only will (reform) make it easier for prosecutors and judges to understand, but for the defendants, as well.”

That could mean stricter punishments for repeat offenders, setting a tone of far less tolerance for driving under the influence.