Lawmakers to crack down on DWI offenders

Published: Feb. 5, 2015 at 4:44 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 9, 2015 at 4:44 AM EST
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NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) - North Carolina lawmakers are working to crackdown on driving while impaired offenders.

House Bill 32 passed the first reading in the North Carolina General Assembly Monday. The bill aims to reduce the amount of DWI's to constitute a "Habitual DWI" offender.

Three DWI offenses within a ten year period cause a person to become a "Habitual DWI" offender. House Bill 32 is hoping to reduce the number of DWI's to two in a ten year period.

"I think the public will be supportive of this," said attorney Jason Vaughn, who has handled hundreds of DWI cases in North Carolina. "It will likely reduce the amount of drunk drivers on the roads."

If passed, the bill would become law and effective staring December of 2015.

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