Hamilton State Senator Pat Connell’s bill to create a restricted driver’s license for people who had lost them in other states failed in the Legislature upon second reading. This is a good thing.
The bill would have allowed the state to issue a restricted driver’s license to people who had lost their license in another state due to driving drunk. Connell says this was because he wanted to give people a second chance.
Here’s the thing though, nobody loses their license after just one offense. People lose their license after multiple convictions of driving under the influence. We don’t need to be giving these people second chances because they’ve already gotten them.
Connell’s bill would have required the person to keep a clean record for five years before getting this restricted license. I wonder what it takes to get your driver’s license suspended/revoked for more than five years. Whatever the offense, I don’t want those people back on the road. Montana’s roads are dangerous enough (some of the most dangerous in the country) without people with a willful disregard for driving laws being allowed back on them.
Thankfully, the bill failed on second reading. Hopefully that will be the end of it though Connell has said he’ll try to revive it.