DENVER -- On Friday, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill increasing the penalties for repeat drunk drivers.
One of the state lawmakers who sponsored HB17-1288 said this law closes a loophole in a 2015 DUI law.
"We were shocked to find some repeat offenders were not serving jail time," said Representative Lori Saine of Firestone.
Under current state law, a driver with three DUIs gets at least 60 days in jail, but a driver with four or more DUIs may not get jail time at all. That's because even though a 4th DUI is a felony, it carries no mandatory jail requirement. Offenders have received as little as probation under the current law.
"We had a family struck by a drunk driver with 7 DUI's, killed that family. Now we have a widow mourning loss of husband and two boys. This is just unacceptable," Rep. Saine said.
The new law requires a minimum 90-day sentence for a 4th DUI or higher. Offenders must also complete 48 hours of community service. They must also pay for and complete an alcohol treatment program.