2013-06-27 / News

Loophole closed for underage drunk drivers

The General Assembly has approved legislation closing a loophole that has allowed drivers under age 21 to avoid a criminal drunken-driving charge as long as their blood-alcohol level was less than .1 percent, even when it is above the legal limit of .08 percent. The bill pertains to a statute meant to penalize drivers who are illegally drinking before age 21, but are not above the legal blood-alcohol level limit. However, when the legal limit was lowered, this section of law created a loophole for drivers between ages 18 and 20 whose BAC is between .08 and .10, allowing them to skirt the criminal drunken-driving charge.

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