JEFFERSON CITY | Prosecutors, judges, activists and state officials say Missouri must improve its record-keeping in drunken driving cases.
More than two dozen people were meeting Wednesday to find better ways to handle impaired motorists. The all-day summit was called after newspaper articles highlighted gaps in the system and problems with handling repeat offenders.
Officials are suggesting numerous changes. Many say there needs to be an easier way to find out when a motorist has had previous drunken driving convictions.
One prosecutor suggested creating a public database to track drunken drivers, modeled after Missouri's sex offender registry. Others suggested making it a criminal offense to refuse an alcohol breath test.