COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Drunken drivers in South Carolina could soon face stiffer penalties, especially if they make a habit of the offense.
The South Carolina Senate gave final approval Wednesday to a proposal that toughens penalties according to how much alcohol drivers have in their system and how many times a person is convicted.
Also under the proposal, drivers who refuse to take a breath test have their license suspended for six months. The current punishment for refusing the test is a suspended license for three months.
Senate and House leaders still must ratify their compromise bill before sending it Governor Mark Sanford. That could happened by the end of the week.
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