An Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling could cost the state Department
of Public Safety $11 million in refunds to drivers in alcohol-related cases.
The court upheld a lower court ruling that said affidavits used in
DUI breath tests did not comply with state law. The affidavits have since been
changed, but more than 37,000 drivers arrested for alcohol-related offenses
from June 2008 until October could receive refunds of fees related to the
revocation and reinstatement of their driver's licenses.
DPS spokesman and Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. George Brown told
the Tulsa World there is little he can say because a lawsuit is pending, but
said DPS will comply with the court's orders.
The case involves six people -- but DPS says the decision could
apply to thousands of drivers statewide.
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