HARRISBURG – A bill to enact stiffer punishments against habitual DUI offenders was signed into law today, according to Senator Scott Martin (R-13).
Act 153 of 2018 includes a proposal Martin introduced to increase penalties for repeated DUI crimes and repeat offenders who cause the death of another person. Under the new law, any individual convicted of their third DUI with a BAC of .16 or higher could be found guilty of a felony offense.
The same penalty would apply to all individuals convicted of four or more DUI offenses.
The law also increases penalties for motorists who cause the death of another person as a result of a DUI, including a potential first-degree felony charge for repeat offenders.
“When an individual repeatedly makes the irresponsible and dangerous decision to get behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the punishment should fit the serious nature of the crime,” Martin said. “Drunk driving creates a serious hazard that all too often leads to a trail of pain and misery for innocent bystanders. I am thankful that this new law will help keep habitual offenders off the road and behind bars.”
In addition to the measures targeting repeat DUI offenders, the new law also includes stiffer punishments for motorists who drive on a suspended or revoked license, including additional jail time for motorists who are found guilty of aggravated assault by vehicle or homicide by vehicle without a valid license while DUI.
“This bill never would have reached the Governor’s desk without the strong support and tireless advocacy of Senator John Rafferty, Chris and Susan Demko, PA Parents Against Impaired Driving, M.A.D.D, the PA District Attorneys Association, Representative Keith Greiner and House Judiciary Chairman Ron Marsico,” Martin said.
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