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DUI bill goes to governor for signature

A bill to ramp up penalties for drunken driving now only needs Gov. Jack Dalrymple's signature to become law. Senate lawmakers on Thursday morning unanimously passed House Bill 1302, which seeks to increase fines, create minimum mandatory jail se...

A bill to ramp up penalties for drunken driving now only needs Gov. Jack Dalrymple's signature to become law.

Senate lawmakers on Thursday morning unanimously passed House Bill 1302, which seeks to increase fines, create minimum mandatory jail sentences, require participation in the 24/7 Sobriety Program, create four new felonies in DUI law and provide funding for educational programs, among other provisions.

The House passed it Wednesday.

The bill's sponsor, Rep. Kim Koppelman, R-West Fargo, said Thursday's vote will help ensure North Dakotans stop tolerating drinking and driving.

"These laws are tough, but also responsible and workable," he said during a news conference. "No law alone will change this issue or have a meaningful impact."

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