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Published October 07, 2012, 04:40 PM

North Dakota prosecutor gives some drunk driving leniency

Sargent County (WDAY TV) -- When numerous state lawmakers are preparing to stiffen penalties for drunk drivers, a North Dakota prosecutor is letting some off easier.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Sargent County (WDAY TV) -- When numerous state lawmakers are preparing to stiffen penalties for drunk drivers, a North Dakota prosecutor is letting some off easier.

Sargent County State's Attorney Lyle Bopp is charging many drunken driving offenders with reckless driving. He says he doesn't give the same break to repeat offenders, or drivers caught at twice the legal limit or higher.

But Bopp says there isn't much public transportation in Sargent County, and "people need to get to work." Reckless driving is a similar penalty to drunken driving, but has less effect on insurance rates.

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