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DC Mayor Wants Tougher Penalties For Drunken Drivers

6:24 PM, Jul 8, 2012   |    comments
DC Mayor Vincent Gray
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WASHINGTON (AP) - 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 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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