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.
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