Some Lawmakers Reluctant To Change Colorado DUI Laws

May 5, 2014 11:57 PM

Some Lawmakers Reluctant To Change Colorado DUI Laws
" DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado has some of the most lenient laws against drunk drivers and some lawmakers are reluctant to change that.

Some believe treatment, not prison, is the answer.

Colorado is one of four states where no matter how many times a person is convicted of a DUI, it’s a misdemeanor punishable by at most a year in jail.

Ellie Phipps Oliver went before state lawmakers on Monday with a story of injustice so outrageous it is almost unbelievable.

“I want to do everything in power to make sure doesn’t happen to anyone else,” said Oliver.

She was hit by a drunk driver with six prior DUIs and nearly died

Oliver underwent twelve hours of surgery losing six vertebrae and spending a month in intensive care.

“I’ve lost three years of income. I’ve lost my lost my vehicles, my house on the verge of being repossessed,” she said.

The drunk driver who hit her did not receive a serious punishment.

“He ended up ultimately spending just a couple months in a halfway house in Mesa County,” said Oliver "

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