Tougher DWI Laws Starting Thursday

By: Dave Jordan/Lynnette Taylor
By: Dave Jordan/Lynnette Taylor

Laura's Law goes into effect Thursday which imposes tougher penalties for repeat drunk drivers.

The law was named for Laura Fortenberry. Until she was killed in a car accident in 2010 by a drunk driver who had three previous DWI charges, the 17-year from Gaston County sang in the chorus, played powder puff football and planned to be an FBI agent someday

According to the new state law, depending on aggravating factors, a repeat offender could get fined up to $10,000, up from the maximum of $4,000, plus up to 36 months in prison, instead of the maximum of 24 months.

The new law will also allow for post release monitoring for alcohol consumption.

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  • by Betsy Location: NC on Dec 2, 2011 at 05:58 AM
    One way to stop repeat drunk drivers is to take their vehicle upon conviction and their license and stop letting them plead to lesser charges. If they take their vehicle, they would have to buy a vehicle under someone else's name, or borrow one and anyone who assists an unlicensed driver should be charged and lose their vehicle too. I know several people who drive on revoked licenses and have been ticketed for it more than 6 times and are still out to do it again.
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Dec 2, 2011 at 05:16 AM
    The jail time is ok but really how do they think they will recover even 1/4 of the fines? If they can't pay the fine they go to jail.......... we feed them, keep them warm or cool depending on the season, give them free med. attn. We will pay the fines.....
  • by laura Location: greenville on Dec 1, 2011 at 10:02 AM
    It's not enough.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 1, 2011 at 09:34 AM
    If you work for PCSO you can still get your family member off a DUI charge.
  • by James on Dec 1, 2011 at 08:24 AM
    Why are they still allowed to drive a moped (aka DUI-cycle ) on the highway also ? Anyone who loses their license for DUI should not be allowed on the road with anything motorized - tractor, moped, lawnmower,scooter etc.
  • by Illegals on Dec 1, 2011 at 07:57 AM
    But ICE lets illegals post bail, instead of deporting them. Then they do it again!
  • by Ben Location: Kinston on Dec 1, 2011 at 05:30 AM
    Does anyone seriously believe this law is going to prevent repeat DWI offenders? This is one of those "feel good" laws enacted to give the appearance of getting serious about driving while under the influence. Make the penalty for repeat offenders an automatice five year prison sentence with absolutely no exceptions.
  • by Goober Location: ENC on Dec 1, 2011 at 04:21 AM
    Thw whole point has been missed by both the legislature and everyone else...when under the influence of any intoxicating substance-alcohol-drugs or whatever, the ability of the person to use reason or intelligence is severely diminished and they won't even think of what might happen to them if caught...this is just a "feel-good" law for the bums in Raleigh to be able to hold up for us to see when they run for re-election.....I don't see it keeping any drunks off the road.
  • by I Fought the Law on Dec 1, 2011 at 03:23 AM
    "a repeat offender could get fined up to $10,000, up from the maximum of $4,000, plus up to 36 months in prison, instead of the maximum of 24 months". Take note of the word "COULD".....which means not very likely since we're dealing with our LAME USELESS GOOD-FOR-NOTHING "justice" system.
  • by Murfrey Lee Location: G-BORO on Nov 30, 2011 at 10:09 PM
    As it stand's if you get a DWI they will give you a limited driving paper to go to and from work, but any other offense you lose your right to drive completely, they need to fix what's wrong now instead of just saying if you drive drunk it's going to cost you more money and a little more time in jail, Has anyone other than me thought about this??
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