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Published February 01, 2013, 09:23 PM

DUI Bills Proposed in Bismarck

North Dakota lawmakers are inching closer to creating stiffer DUI laws in the state. Public support grew substantially after two horrifying summer accidents involving drunk drivers. Lawmakers have a couple of plans to choose from. The bills include new options to keep repeat offenders off the road.

By: Donnell Preskey, KX News

North Dakota lawmakers are inching closer to creating stiffer DUI laws in the state. Public support grew substantially after two horrifying summer accidents involving drunk drivers. Lawmakers have a couple of plans to choose from. The bills include new options to keep repeat offenders off the road.

Senate Bill 2240 increases the penalties, including fines and jail time, for DUI offenses. But it also proposes a marked license for DUI offenders, making it a crime to serve them alcohol. It also requires the use of ignition interlock devices for all convicted drunk drivers. Passing a blow test would be the only way they could drive.

Supporters say the interlock system is proven to work, keeping repeat drunk drivers off the road. There is a House Bill that also increases the penalty for DUI's scheduled to be heard Tuesday.

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