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N.D. Drunk Driving Penalties About to Get Tougher

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Gov. Jack Dalrymple says he will sign legislation Monday aimed at strengthening penalties for drunken driving in North Dakota. The Legislature last week endorsed the bill that increases fines and other penalties. The new law will require jail time or community service work for first-time DUI offenders who have a blood alcohol content of 0.16 percent. That's twice the state's legal limit of 0.08 percent. 

The bill also would require mandatory participation in the so-called 24/7 sobriety program for repeat offenders. A second DUI arrest also would require a minimum sentence of 10 days in jail. 

Dalrymple says he will be joined at the bill signing by the bill's sponsors, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and members of families who have lost loved ones in an alcohol-related crash last year.

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