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Senator Perry Set To Toughen DWI Laws

Senator Jonathan Perry photo courtesy LA State Senate
Senator Jonathan Perry photo courtesy LA State Senate

Louisiana Senator Jonathan Perry is steering a tougher DWI law through the Louisiana Legislature.  Today on “Mornings With Ken & Bernie” Perry explained that his bill made it through Senate committee hearings last week and this week is set for debate on the Senate floor.

Perry said,

“I’m actually not changing the sentencing guidelines at all, what I’m doing is removing the discretion of the prosecutor or the judge for a certain period of time”.

According to Perry “in the five years I have been here we have addressed everything else but done nothing to address drunk driving”.  Perry stressed he is not attempting to discourage drinking but discouraging drinking and driving.  He said raising fines is not the answer because it won’t effect middle and upper income drunk drivers due to their ability to pay.

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