Governor Signs Legislation Boosting Arkansas DWI Penalties

Governor Matt Blount signed legislation into law today that will strengthen the penalties for driving while intoxicated in Arkansas. The legislation covers a number of transportation oriented issues, and it includes increased fines for those who plead guilty to drunk driving in Arkansas and then receive a suspended sentence.

In addition, repeat DWI offenders must install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle. Such a device requires the driver to breathe into a tube and if alcohol over a set blood-alcohol limit is detected, the car cannot be started.

Senate Bill 930 was signed at the Greene County Courthouse in Springfield, Arkansas Thursday morning.

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