Tougher DUI laws crack down on boaters, repeat offenders - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Tougher DUI laws crack down on boaters, repeat offenders

(WTVM) -

Repeat DUI offenders can now expect to pass a breathalyzer test before getting behind the wheel thanks to a new extension of the DUI law. 

Repeat offenders can expect an additional 20% increase in fines with each additional offense on top of the minimum $856 fine for first offenders.

They will also have to pass a breathalyzer test in order to start their cars for 12 months instead of eight.

Some say this new crackdown now only sends out a message to repeat DUI offenders, boaters as well.

"Now we are in the summer months so we are going to have more instances of people boating. So people who are boating under the influence are going to be given more punishment. And some of the aspects of these punishments are going to be increased fines and longer probation," says District Attorney Gregory Edwards.

The new extension hopes to reduce the number of repeat DUI offenders and get drivers and boat operators to think before they drink.

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