Penalties Could Get Stiffer For First Time DUI Offenders

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - More highly intoxicated drunk drivers
could face jail time for their first DUI offense, under a proposal
in the General Assembly.
Currently, having a blood-alcohol level of .18 or higher is
considered an aggravating factor that may lead to stiffer
Senator Ray Jones is seeking to make it tougher on drunk drivers
by lowering the threshold to .15. State law says a person is
legally drunk with a blood-alcohol level of .08.
Jones, a Pikeville Democrat, says a person convicted of
aggravated drunk driving faces a minimum of four days in jail for a
first offense.
Jones says the bill also cracks down on people who drive with
illegal drugs in their system. The bill, which passed the Senate
Judiciary Committee Thursday, heads to the full Senate.
The legislation is Senate Bill 71

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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