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Bill Signed To Combat Underage Drinking And Drunk Driving
In his capacity as Acting Governor, Lt. Governor Aiona signed into law, H.B. 2639, H.B. 3242 and S.B. 702 as part of the Lingle-Aiona Administration's efforts to combat underage drinking and drunk driving.
"As parents and as community leaders, we can no longer view underage drinking as a minor infraction or 'rite of passage' for our teens," said Lt. Governor Aiona. "By condoning underage drinking, we are sanctioning illegal behavior and perpetuating a destructive cycle for our youth."
The new laws increase penalties for driving a motor vehicle with an alcohol blood level of 0.15 or higher, strengthen underage drinking enforcement by adding consumption, in addition to purchase and possession of alcohol, to the list of offenses prohibited by individuals under 21. The new "Use and Lose" law will suspend driving privileges for persons under 21 who illegally purchase, possess, or consume liquor.
Implied Consent is a factor in DUI for some states
Delaware has an "implied consent" law. That means if you drive in Delaware and are suspected of DUI, you voluntarily agree to a chemical test to determine the degree of impairment. Failure to take the test carries a penalty of loss of license and/or driving privileges for a period of one year for a 1st offense, 18 months for a 2nd offense and 24 months for the 3rd subsequent offense, in addition to the penalties for DUI.
News about DUI & Drunk Driving cases in Vermont and nationwide:
Drowsy driving is greatly under reported because there is no test for it, as there is for intoxication, no clear way to identify it, and many states don't even have a code for it on their vehicle accident reporting forms.
Administrative License Revocation (ALR)
Simply put, the DMV automatically revokes your license when you are arrested for DUI as part of its duty to regulate drivers’ licenses. (The court may also take your license, and may also fine or jail you.)
Well known is the fact that the consumption of alcohol can cause impairment. Perhaps less recognized is that fact that impairment rises gradually at lower levels but dramatically at higher levels of blood alcohol concentration (BAC).
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