ND House amends DUI bill with even tougher penalties

The first offense was amended to include a fine of $500 and an order to an addiction evaluation for a BAC of at least .008. A BAC of at least .015, or in the case of a resfusal to submit to a chemical test, the sentence must include at least 10 days imprisonment, a $750 fine, an evaluation and a probation that includes the 24/7 program.

For the third offense in 10 years, the sentence will now include 180 days of imprisonment, rather than 60 days, and the fine for a fourth offense was raised from $1,000 to $3,000.

Amendments to HB 1302 also allow the court to sentence the individual to imprisonment and an alcohol treatment program. Upon completion of the program, the department can release the individual and place them on probation or for placement in another treatment facility.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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