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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