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Published December 18, 2012, 03:14 PM

New Legislation Aims to Decrease Alcohol-Related Deaths, Injuries

The percentage of accidents involving alcohol remains considerably higher in North Dakota than the national average. For the first time in recent memory, there is proposed legislation to reform the state's drunk driving laws.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAZ

The percentage of accidents involving alcohol remains considerably higher in North Dakota than the national average. For the first time in recent memory, there is proposed legislation to reform the state's drunk driving laws.

This follows the terrible July tragedy where a drunk driver going the wrong way took the life of the Deutcher family of West Fargo. The loss of the three prompted local lawmakers, the governor and attorney general to craft a law that increases fines, jail time and emphasizes a mandatory sobriety program. At a news conference today, officials said this proposal for tougher sentences will not be an easy sell. The family of Aaron, Allison and Brielle say they are all grateful for this first step, saying it will curb the destructive decision to drink and drive.

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