House Bill 916 has been approved by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and will be moving to the Senate for further consideration. The new bill would require courts to evaluate repeat DUI offenders to possibly add a substance monitoring program as a condition of bail.
Evidence supporting the new DUI bill cites York County's implementation of a similar program, which has seen significant success in reducing recidivism rates.
Substance monitoring programs prohibit the use of alcohol and controlled substances for at least 90 days. To ensure that the condition is being met, a person is required to either wear a continuous alcohol monitoring device, to use a remote breath testing device, to participate in random drug testing periodically, or to use another available drug testing device.
The bill was approved by the House with 142 yea votes and 51 nay votes.