Senate Bill 1-107:Require a Breathalyzer Test in Order to Charge Someone Guilty of Underage Drinking

Senate Bill 1-107 would require officers to administer a breathalyzer test to minors in order to charge them with underage drinking. This bill would provide protection for minors and would further the 14th amendment by reducing the amount of unfair charges. This was a highly debated bill that was eventually passed after a lot of questions and extensions to the questioning periods. This bill was written by Trentyn Wilson and Chandler Ray, both from Pueblo West High School.

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The different viewpoints on this bill were focused around the MIP infractions and their lack of mention in the bill. MIP stands for minor in possession and after ten minutes of questioning, and speeches it was finally established that MIP infractions and underage drinking charges are two separate offenses. Also determined was that breathalyzer tests are not required for MIP infractions because the minors do not in fact need to consume the alcohol to receive one.

An amendment was proposed by Braden Kerr to this bill  that addressed the MIP infractions, and stated that a person who was not administered a breathalyzer test was still liable to receive an MIP infraction. However, this amendment was deemed unnecessary because MIP infractions, and underage drinking charges are two separate offenses.

Most representatives voted in favor of this bill passing after the very long period of discussion. Godwin Amouzou, a member of the House of Representatives, from Gateway High School was opposed to this bill said, “This bill has too many contensions with the existing laws, which is why I voted in negation of this bill.” Dylan Ker, another member of the House of Representatives, from Gateway High School said, “I equate this to be similar to speeding violations in which evidence is needed for a person to be charged guilty.”

 

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