Tougher laws on drunk drivers who have a child in the car are set to take effect Friday.
The new law, known as Leandra's Law, makes it a felony to drive with a blood-alcohol level greater than .08 and a passenger in the car under the age of 16. A first offense will carry a potential prison sentence of up to four years; up to 15 years if a child passenger is seriously injured; and up to 25 years if a child is killed....
The law also requires drivers charged with drunk driving with a child in the car to surrender their licenses pending prosecution. And if convicted, an ignition-interlock system must be installed in the car for at least six months. The system requires a clean Breathalyzer test to start the car. On Aug. 15, the law will expand to require the system for any driver convicted of misdemeanor or felony DWI.
Monday, December 14, 2009
New DWI Laws Take Effect Friday
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