North Carolina lawmakers are working hard to enact tougher penalties for intoxicated drivers. In total 17 bills have been filed this year. So far four of these bills have advanced to the Senate from the House. One of the Senate bills has passed and is now in the House. Two bills that are in the House are aimed at increasing penalties after a second DWI conviction. These bills would make a second DWI conviction a habitual offense which is classified as a Class F felony. A Class F felony attaches a minimum one year prison sentence.

One of the bills currently in the house would permit a hospital to test blood of someone accused of DWI. This bill passed the House in March but is still awaiting a hearing in the Senate. Another bill that is in the house bans drinking in law enforcement and emergency service vehicles. This bill is still in the House Judiciary Committee.

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