Lawmaker wants stronger DUI laws

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A state lawmaker says repeat DUI offenders should be subject to tougher penalties in the state.

Rep. Harold Wright of Weatherford says Oklahoma could more aggressively prosecute repeat offenders through simple changes to Oklahoma's drunk-driving laws.

Wright recently conducted a study of the state's DUI laws. He says current law allows someone who is a repeat drunk-driving offender to stay on the roads much longer based on a technicality.

Under current law, a drunk driver who received a deferred sentence cannot have that offense counted as a prior conviction if arrested a second time for drunk driving.

Also, an individual must have a prior conviction within the past 10 years to be classified as a repeat offender for a second or subsequent offense.

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