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New Michigan Law Targets "Super Drunk" Drivers

A new Michigan law that doubles the jail sentences and license suspensions for first-time offenders took effect over the weekend. One provision of the law...
November 2, 2010

A new Michigan law that doubles the jail sentences and license suspensions for first-time offenders took effect over the weekend. One provision of the law creates a new class of blood-alcohol content of 0.17 percent or higher for serious first-time offenders. That's more than twice the minimum of 0.08 percent now required for a drunken driving conviction. Those convicted of driving with the higher blood-alcohol level will get an automatic one year driver's license suspension and up to 180 days in jail -- about twice the current levels. "When you get super-drunk, it becomes exceptionally dangerous,'' said state Sen. Alan Cropsey, R-DeWitt, a sponsor of the legislation.

Click here to read "New Michigan Law Targets 'Super Drunk' Drivers" (Insurance Journal 11/1/10)