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C.R.S. 42-4-1306 Interagency task force on drunk driving

Interagency task force on drunk driving – creation – repeal

(1) The general assembly finds and declares that:

(a) Drunk and impaired driving continues to cause needless deaths and injuries, especially among young people;

(b) In 2003, there were over thirty thousand arrests for driving under the influence or driving while ability-impaired;

(c) Although Colorado has taken many measures to reduce the incidents of drunk and impaired driving, the persistent regularity of these incidents continues to be a problem, as evidenced by the case of Sonja Marie Devries who was killed in 2004 by a drunk driver who had been convicted of drunk driving on six previous occasions; and

(d) According to the federal national highway transportation safety administration, other states with a statewide interagency task force on drunk driving have seen a decrease in incidents of drunk and impaired driving.

(2) There is hereby created an interagency task force on drunk driving, referred to in this section as the “task force”. The task force shall meet regularly to investigate methods of reducing the incidents of drunk and impaired driving and develop recommendations for the state of Colorado regarding the enhancement of government services, education, and intervention to prevent drunk and impaired driving.

(3) (a) The task force shall consist of:

(I) The executive director of the department of transportation or his or her designee who shall also convene the first meeting of the task force;

(II) The executive director of the department of revenue or his or her designee;

(III) The state court administrator or his or her designee;

(IV) The chief of the Colorado state patrol or his or her designee;

(V) The state public defender or his or her designee;

(VI) The director of the division of alcohol and drug abuse in the department of human services;

(VII) The director of the division of probation services or his or her designee;

(VIII) The following members selected jointly by the member serving pursuant to subparagraph (I) of this paragraph (a):

(A) A representative of a statewide association of chiefs of police with experience in making arrests for drunk or impaired driving;

(B) A representative of a statewide organization of county sheriffs with experience in making arrests for drunk or impaired driving;

(C) A victim or a family member of a victim of drunk or impaired driving;

(D) A representative of a statewide organization of victims of drunk or impaired driving;

(E) A representative of a statewide organization of district attorneys with experience in prosecuting drunk or impaired driving offenses;

(F) A representative of a statewide organization of criminal defense attorneys with experience in defending persons charged with drunk or impaired driving offenses;

(G) A representative of a statewide organization that represents persons who sell alcoholic beverages at retail;

(H) A representative of a statewide organization that represents distributors of alcoholic beverages in Colorado;

(I) A manufacturer of alcoholic beverages in Colorado; and

(J) A person under twenty-four years of age who is enrolled in a secondary or postsecondary school.

(b) Members selected pursuant to subparagraph (VIII) of paragraph (a) of this subsection (3) shall serve terms of two years but may be selected for additional terms.

(c) Members of the task force shall not be compensated for or reimbursed for their expenses incurred in attending meetings of the task force.

(d) The initial meeting of the task force shall be convened on or before August 1, 2006, by the member serving pursuant to subparagraph (I) of paragraph (a) of this subsection (3). At the first meeting, the task force shall elect a chair and vice-chair from the members serving pursuant to subparagraphs (I) to (VII) of paragraph (a) of this subsection (3), who shall serve a term of two years but who may be reelected for additional terms.

(e) The task force shall meet not less frequently than bimonthly and may adopt policies and procedures necessary to carry out its duties.

(4) The task force shall report its findings and recommendations to the judiciary committees of the house of representatives and the senate, or any successor committees, on or before January 15, 2007, and on or before each January 15 thereafter.

(5) (a) This section is repealed, effective July 1, 2011.

(b) Prior to said repeal, the interagency task force on drunk driving created pursuant to this section shall be reviewed as provided in section 2-3-1203, C.R.S.


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