Lawmakers take on stricter drunken driving laws


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.

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