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Published December 18, 2012, 12:15 PM

DUI bill would require jail time for 1st offense

WEST FARGO, N.D. (AP) — State officials say a plan for tougher drunken driving legislation would make North Dakota one of 15 states to require jail time for first-time offenders.

WEST FARGO, N.D. (AP) — State officials say a plan for tougher drunken driving legislation would make North Dakota one of 15 states to require jail time for first-time offenders.

The proposal follows pleas for stiffer DUI penalties after a wrong-way crash in July that killed three members of a West Fargo family.

Allison Deutscher, her husband, Aaron Deutscher, and the couple's 18-month-old daughter, Brielle, were killed when their SUV was struck by a man in a pickup driving the wrong way on Interstate 94 near Jamestown. The driver of the pickup had a blood-alcohol content three times the legal limit for driving.

The bill also calls for tougher sentences for repeat DUI offenders.

Lynn Mickelson, Allison Deutscher's father, says he owes it to his family to push for tougher drunken driving laws.

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