Fine pro­posed for DUI con­vic­tions

Woonsocket Call - - REGION/OBITUARIES -

PROV­I­DENCE (AP) — A state law­maker has in­tro­duced a bill that would im­pose a new fine on peo­ple who drive un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol or drugs or fail to sub­mit to a breath­a­lyzer test.

Sen. James Seveney, a Portsmouth Demo­crat, wants to im­pose a $300 fine for any DUI con­vic­tion or vi­o­la­tion for re­fusal to take a breath­a­lyzer test. The money would help pay for sub­stance abuse ed­u­ca­tion in Rhode Is­land.

Seveney re­cently dis­cussed the need for in­creased fund­ing for sub­stance abuse pre­ven­tion pro­grams with the Rhode Is­land Traf­fic Tri­bunal’s chief mag­is­trate.

The Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee is con­sid­er­ing the bill. Rep. Den­nis Ca­nario, also a Portsmouth Demo­crat, has in­tro­duced sim­i­lar leg­is­la­tion in the House.

The funds would be al­lo­cated to the Depart­ment of Be­hav­ioral Health­care, De­vel­op­men­tal Dis­abil­i­ties and Hos­pi­tals for pro­gram­ming.

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