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Senate Approves Stronger DUI Law for ND

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The North Dakota Senate has unanimously approved a bill that significantly strengthens the state's DUI law.

The bill doubles the fines and jail time for drinking and driving.

Two days in jail is the minimum for someone arrested for driving drunk with a blood alcohol level over .18.

The bill also creates a vehicular homicide statute.

The bill requires mandatory participation in the 24/7 sobriety program for DUI offenders.

Senator Kelly Armstrong says using last years DUI stats this bill will create 15,000 more days in county jails and have 2,500 people using the 24/7 program.

"This bill realizes the constraints in our growing communities and over capacity county jails. This is a comprehensive approach and significant change in how we adjudicate DUI's in ND," says Armstrong.

The bill also includes $360,000 for drinking and driving education.

Because the Senate and House versions differ, the bill will more than likely go to conference committee.

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