Some second or subsequent DUI offenders will soon be required to take sobriety breath tests twice a day.
The new 24/7 Sobriety Program comes from the last legislative session.
Under the new program, the judge has the option of ordering the offender to report to jail once in the morning and in the evening to take a breath test.
Offenders will be required to pay two dollars for each test.
Sheriff Brian Gootkin says it's a simple program that will help ensure defendants stay sober.
"If they're sober, they're working, if they're working, they're paying taxes, if they're working, there's a pretty good chance that they're not breaking the law...A lot of these folks are going to be pre-trial...so, during that time period, this gives the judge another tool to ensure that they are doing what they're supposed to be doing and, most importantly, they're not drinking," says Gootkin.
Gootkin says the program won't require any taxpayer money or additional staff. He adds the new jail will easily accommodate the new program.
Sheriff Gootkin is teaming up with local police chiefs, Montana Highway Patrol Colonel Mike Tooley, Lewis and Clark Sheriff Leo Dutton and Commissioner Steve White to explain the program and answer questions.
The conference will be held Monday at 9am in the jail community room.