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Stricter DUI Laws Take Effect Today In North Dakota


The state's largest enforcement agency is trained and ready to take on North Dakota's enhanced DUI law.

The tougher law goes into effect today.

Highway Patrol Troopers are credited with making the most DUI arrests in the state.

The law has stiffer penalties, doubling the jail time and fines for most DUI offenses.

Changes include jail time for first time DUI offenders who have a blood alcohol content that's twice the legal limit.

North Dakota Highway Patrol Sergeant Tom Iverson says he expects to see less driving under suspension violations under the new law.

It will be mandatory for repeat offenders to participate in the 24/7 sobriety program and will be allowed to have a temporary license.

<<"In the past when we would arrest somebody for a DUI, they would loose their license. Typically it would be for 91 days. A lot of people would choose to not quit driving if their licenses were suspended. We would make a large amount of arrests for DUS. Hopefully now we will hopefully see that go down.">>

And for drivers who are stopped, refusing to be tested, will result in a DUI arrest.

In the past about 10% of drivers pulled over have refused breathalyzer tests.

<<"You will be given another chance to submit to a blood alcohol testing. If you refuse that, you will be taken to jail.">>

A second DUI arrest will require a minimum sentence of 10 days in jail.

Drivers who cause the death of a person face 20 years.

Iverson says in 2012, Troopers arrested 1,910 people for driving drunk.

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