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Council rejects DUI ordinance that would fine for test refusals

For residents who believe they have little influence in the decisions of their elected officials, they should have been at the Libby City Council meeting Monday for a vote on a proposed ordinance.


The proposal, brought to city leaders by Police Chief Jim Smith through City Attorney Jim Reintsma, would have fined motorists suspected of driving under the influence who refuse to consent to either a breath test or giving a blood specimen. The tests would be used to determine blood-alcohol levels. A similar ordinance was passed by city councils in Darby and Missoula, with the Missoula standard surviving a legal challenge.

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