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New bill aims to change state DUI laws

DECATUR, AL (WAFF)- Under Alabama law, a drunk driving conviction in another state has no impact here. A bill introduced by Senator Arthur Orr is aiming to change that.


Orr said there are different aspects of the bill that are ultimately aimed at keeping people safe on the roads and getting those who are driving under the influence sentenced accordingly.


“Every year you see more and more people, innocent people, who are killed on the roadways of Alabama because of drunk drivers,” Orr said.


According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), there were 259 drunk driving deaths in the state of Alabama in 2011. In an effort to possibly save lives, Orr has a bill that’s ready to head to legislation to crack down on the penalties for people who drive while drunk or on drugs.

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