Bill Would Make Drunk Driving a Felony for Repeat Offenders
Thursday, May 20, 2010
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Lou Raptakis, a Coventry Democrat, calls for a prison term of up to three years and a fine of $3,000 for someone who is convicted of driving under the influence.
A second bill backed by Raptakis would increase the penalties when driving under the influence results in a death or serious injury. In cases of death, prison terms would be increased from 15 years to a maximum of 30 years and fines would go up from $10,000 to $20,000. A drunk driver who injures someone would face a maximum prison term of 20 years, instead of 10 years, and a maximum fine of $10,000, instead of $5,000.
A third bill, sponsored by Sen. Michael McCaffrey, a Democrat from Warwick, would allow the outcome of a breathalyzer test to be disclosed to a person immediately after the test.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on the three bills later today.
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