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New state laws tighten penalties for repeat DUI offenders

Two new state laws went into effect on July 1 that strengthen supervision and penalties for repeat drunk driving, along with other drug- and alcohol-involved criminal offenses.


Officials say they think the legislation — Amelia’s Law and DUI Recidivism Acts — will help curb the behavior of high-risk, repeat drunk drivers and help with jail overcrowding.


Amelia’s Law is named for Maryville teenager Amelia Keon who was killed in a head-on collision with a repeat drug and alcohol offender.

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