Bill calls for stronger penalties in South Carolina

By: Tom Campbell Email
By: Tom Campbell Email

April 14, 2008

COLUMBIA -- South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford is expected to sign the state's new DUI bill Tuesday morning.

It removes some loopholes and strengthens penalties for those convicted of DUI offenses.

The bill punishes drivers according to how much alcohol they have in their system and how many times they're convicted.

Drivers who refuse to take a breath test will have their license suspended for six months, twice what it is now.

The Governor has been pushing for the stronger law for several years.

The General Assembly ratified the bill late last week.

The law will take effect in February.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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