Archive for Thursday, April 26, 2001

Drunk driving law changes endorses

April 26, 2001

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House-Senate conference committee has agreed in principle to increased fines and jail time for repeat drunken-driving offenders.

State Rep. Mike O'Neal, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said Wednesday it's possible the full Legislature could consider the measure on Saturday.

Under the measure, a fourth DUI conviction will carry a mandatory 15-month prison sentence. The conference committee, however, rejected increased jail times for second and third convictions.

The bill would increase fines for first, second and third convictions and fees charged to have drivers' licenses reinstated.

A first-time conviction would carry a fine from $500 to $1,000. Currently the range is $200 to $500. The cost to have a license reinstated would increase from $50 to $200.

A second conviction would result in a fine from $1,000 to $1,500. Currently the range is $500 to $1,000. A third conviction would carry a fine of $1,500 to $2,500. Currently, the fine is $1,000 to $2,500.

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