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.