Much to my surprise the Maine Legislature voted overwhelmingly to reject extending the lookback for OUI’s from ten years to fifteen. In my last post I agreed with the prosecutors that a better idea was to make it a felony for anyone who gets an OUI, and who previously had an OUI conviction. Extending the lookback would not affect many problem drinkers. Treating prior DUI felons as felons for the next DUI limits the extended lookback to people who have demonstrated themselves to be a danger to others.
I suspect our representatives also looked at the added cost of jailing people and decided it was a bad bargain. The state budget is a mess and there is little money for jailing more people.