Senator Bob Deuell

November 17, 2008
CONTACT: Thomas Flanders
(512) 463-0102

Deuell Seeks to Increase DWI Convictions

- Senate Bill 261 would crack down on repeat DWI offenders -

(AUSTIN) -- State Senator Bob Deuell (R-Greenville) filed legislation this week that will make it easier for prosecutors in Texas to keep dangerous repeat DWI offenders off the roads.

Senate Bill 261 relates to the taking of a breath or blood sample of a person arrested for an intoxication offense. Under this bill, a police officer will require the taking of a specimen if the offender has caused bodily injury as a result of the crash or if the offender has been previously arrested for an intoxication offense.

Senator Deuell believes the legislation will help protect the lives and safety of innocent Texans.

"I have always been an advocate of strengthening our DWI laws," Deuell said. "I look forward to passing this bill in the upcoming session."

The bill has already received strong support from prosecutors throughout Texas.

"The passage of this bill will provide law enforcement and prosecutors a valuable tool in the battle to remove drunk drivers from our streets and highways," said Martin Braddy, District Attorney for Hopkins, Delta and Franklin counties. "I applaud Senator Deuell for his efforts in making Texas a safer to place to live, work, and raise a family."

Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley has also voiced support for the legislation.

"This bill gives law enforcement the tool they need to protect innocent citizens from repeat drunk drivers and accidents," Bradley said. "Our children deserve to be safe from chronic drunk drivers."