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Senate Passes Bill To Bolster DUI Fight

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A bill aimed at bolstering the fight against drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs won easy approval from the Kentucky Senate.

The measure would make it easier to convict people who are caught driving with illegal drugs in their system. It also would lower the blood-alcohol level needed for prosecutors to seek harsher penalties against drunken drivers.

The proposal cleared the Senate on a 29-to-one vote yesterday and goes to the House.

The bill would create a presumption of guilt if motorists are found with illegal drugs in their system. Currently, prosecutors must prove the drivers were impaired.

Bill's sponsor Senator Ray Jones says the bill reflects a trend in which a growing number of impaired drivers are under the influence of drugs.

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