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State To Crack Down On ‘Super Drunk’ Drivers

LANSING (WWJ/AP) – Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation allowing communities to enforce local ordinances targeting drivers considered “super drunk.”

Snyder said Wednesday that the legislation gives “communities the tools to be effective partners in protecting Michigan families.”

The state’s tougher “super drunk” law went into the books on Halloween 2010, but Snyder’s office said police couldn’t write such tickets under local ordinances.

The new laws are aimed at drivers at least twice above the legal limit of point 0-8. If you blow a point 1-7 or higher, you will face double the jail time, along with bigger fines — estimated at $8,000, along with mandatory alcohol treatment and losing your driving privileges for 45 days. Plus, you will be forced to buy an on-board breathalyzer, which keeps your car from starting if you’ve had one too many.

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