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Senate Toughens Stance on Habitual DWI

Posted May 15, 2007 10:26 a.m. EDT

— The North Carolina Senate wants to make it easier for courts to label DWI suspects as habitual offenders.

Late Monday, the Senate passed a bill to eliminate the 10-year time period the courts can consider to tag an offender as a habitual drunk driver.

Under current law, someone is habitual if they’re convicted of drunk driving three times within 10 years.

The bill now moves to the House for debate.