Rhode Island lawmakers are considering tough new drunken driving legislation.
There are two bills at the State House intended to prevent drunken driving deaths.
One would require a bail commissioner, judge or magistrate of the Traffic Tribunal, or a District Court judge to immediately suspend a person’s license once charged with driving under the influence.
The second would allow a bail commissioner to suspend a person’s license immediately if he or she is suspected of driving drunk and refuses a chemical test.
If this were to become law it wouldn’t necessarily take a conviction or a finding to take away someone’s license for suspected drunken driving.
Both bills are scheduled for hearings and possible consideration in front of the House Judiciary Committee on March 7.