"Super-Drunk" Law Takes Effect Sunday

State officials say new laws that take effect Sunday are aimed at first-time offenders who drive after drinking excessively in Michigan.

One provision creates a new blood-alcohol content of 0.17 percent or above for first-time offenders. The current blood-alcohol standard required for a drunk-driving conviction is 0.08 percent.

Those convicted of the higher blood-alcohol level will have their license automatically suspended for one year and would serve a jail term of up to 180 days.

Michigan sees roughly 45 thousand drunk driving arrests each year. One state lawmaker says people who are “super-drunk” and get behind the wheel are “exceptionally dangerous” drivers who ought not to be on the road.

(Copyright 2010 WWJ Newsradio 950. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press Contributed To This Report)

  • Lee

    Michigan may see 45 thousand drunk driving arrest each year doesn’t mean a thing except revenue. I was hit by a drunk driver, taken to the hospital by ambulance for injuries, and when I went to court to see what would happen to this man, he didn’t have a license because it was taken away, stole his mothers car and didn’t work, and had a rap sheet a mile long. The judge sent him to some type of class and that was it. When a drunk gets in an accident and has a rap sheet for the same thing, send him and the judges that let him go before to jail. These judges should be held accountable for their decisions.

  • Kwame

    Law is aimed at “First time offenders”. Simply put.. To catch those who have not caused any problems. Instead of spreading the net for revenue, spead it to keep MULTIPLE DRUNK OFFENDERS off the road and in prison. You would have never caught them, because they have never caused problems.

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