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DUII Laws Could Change Soon


Big changes could be coming soon to those caught drinking and driving in Oregon. A State advisory board is seriously thinking about increasing treatment time for first time offenders to 6 months; repeat offenders would spend a year in treatment.  Those proposed requirements would double what is currently mandated.  One criticism of the idea is it could end up costing the State more in the short-term. Jerry Gjesvold of Serenity Lane served on the Governor's Advisory Committee for DUII Legislation for 16 years. He believes this additional early treatment will prevent more costly alcohol and drug problems in the future. “I think it's dollars well spent,  if we can get people turned around, that's the issue. Or the data will not show that until we have it in place over a period of time.” Gjesvold says data shows that one dollar spent in treatment saves $12 to 15 in money not spent on other social services.


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