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Mandatory reporting of DUIs to national database to be enforced

In the US it is currently ‘required’ for all States to report DUIs to the national crime database. However, some states don’t report these infringements as penalties are not implemented. Therefore, someone can be convicted of DUI in one state but not have that on their record if charged again in another state.

In Washington DC, US Reps. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, and Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, introduced House Resolution 5258 on May 17. Known as the DUI Reporting Act of 2016, it mandates that DUIs be reported as part of a state’s receiving funding under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program.

Harrison County Prosecutor, Rachel Romano, who supports the mandatory reporting of DUIs commented: “If you’re not participating and not turning in the DUI information, the feds will keep part of the funding states get from the 1968 Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act... This law would give states 90 days to fix the problem, but if they don’t, they will only get 80 percent of the allocated funding. This could mean a lot of money to a state; it could mean thousands of dollars.”

 

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