New DWI laws for 2015

State police have arrested nearly 7,500 people for drunk driving across Louisiana.

Historically, the number of drunk driving arrests increases between Christmas and New Years Day.

 Police say reminders of a designated driver are the hardest message to convey during the holidays. However, unfortunately it’s the holidays when state police arrest the most people for drunk driving.

A 2015 update to Louisiana DWI laws means more time behind bars for offenders. For example, up until now the first conviction of a DWI got the offender up to a $250 fine. The new law adds a minimum of ten days in jail, with 32 hours of community service. A second offense for a DWI and that minimum increases to 30 days in jail.

 Troopers say don’t risk it. A cab ride costs a lot less than fines and legal fees.


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