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Published October 13, 2013, 10:10 AM

Interim committee to look at state's DUI law

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota legislative committee plans to review aspects of the state's strengthened DUI law just a few months after it took effect.

By: Associated Press, WDAY

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota legislative committee plans to review aspects of the state's strengthened DUI law just a few months after it took effect.

The Grand Forks Herald reports that the interim Judiciary Committee will begin holding meetings in the coming months. The committee will look at a provision making refusal to submit to a chemical test a criminal offense and how the bill affects the 24/7 sobriety program and the state's drug court.

Sen. David Hogue, the committee's chairman, says he's heard from attorneys that drivers could be charged for refusing a chemical test, and later charged at the police station if they fail the test.

Hogue says the question is did legislators intend to have one driving incident that could constitute two separate criminal offenses.

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