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Dec 12, 2009 7:25 PM by AP

State commission says no to stiffer DUI sentencing

People who are repeatedly caught drinking and driving will not face mandatory jail time after a Colorado commission studying the issue rejected the proposed penalty.

The decision Friday prompted Colorado Attorney General John Suthers to declare it "a banner day for traffic offenders."

The commission had supported a similar proposal in October but members decided to retry to retool the language.

Commission members had also supported lessening the penalties for other driving offenses to clear jail space for repeat DUI offenders.

State public defender Douglas Wilson says confusion may have been the reason the proposal failed.

Gov. Bill Ritter and the Legislature created the commission two years ago.

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