Dec 19, 2012 at 8:55 am
A plan to crack open tougher new laws against drunk driving in North Dakota will be on the to do list of the next legislative session. Supporters poured over changes in the law during a briefing attended by Governor Jack Dalrymple and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. It includes enhanced penalties…mandatory probation…and sobriety monitoring for all d-u-i offenses. Stenehjem says a first offense will carry a minimum ten days in jail -- of which four days could not be suspended. The A-G says too many offenders who have lost their driving privledges continue to drive. The percentage of booze related accidents nationwide is around 31-percent -- 53-percent of the fatal crashes in North Dakota are alcohol related.