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D.C. mayor wants more jail time for drunken drivers

Sunday - 7/8/2012, 4:37pm  ET

WASHINGTON - District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray wants to toughen sentences for drunken drivers whose level of intoxication is more than twice the legal limit.

The Washington Examiner ( http://tinyurl.com/7t8czad) reports that the Democratic mayor has introduced a bill that would impose a mandatory sentence of at least 10 days in jail for drivers who register a blood-alcohol level of .20 percent or higher. The district's legal threshold for intoxication is .08 percent.

The penalty for driving with a blood-alcohol concentration of .25 percent or above would increase as well, to a minimum 15-day sentence. It would also increase fines for drunken driving.

The bill won't become law at least for months. The D.C. Council has yet to schedule a hearing and begins a two-month recess Friday.

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Information from: The Washington Examiner, http://www.washingtonexaminer.com


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