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Published March 29, 2013, 06:06 PM

North Dakota's killed a bill to strengthen drunk driving penalties

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- North Dakota's House has killed a bill aimed at strengthening penalties for drunken driving.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- North Dakota's House has killed a bill aimed at strengthening penalties for drunken driving.

The senate endorsed the bill earlier, but the house shot it down by a vote of 63-28.

The measure would have raised the fine for a first drunken driving offense from $250 to $500-dollars.

The bill also would require mandatory participation in a sobriety program, which requires offenders to report twice a day to a law enforcement center and blow into a device to show they're sober.

DUI arrests in North Dakota have increased 53 percent in the last 10 years, including 66-hundred

arrests last year.

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