What Minnesota is not doing
- April 13, 2010 - 6:06 PM
•No penalties for extreme drunk driving except with blood-alcohol level of 0.20, the nation's highest rate.
•No minimum sentence for criminal vehicular homicide, a felony charge often cited when someone is killed by a drunk driver.
•Unlike nearly 40 other states, no sobriety checkpoints.
•Proposal for ignition interlocks has stalled.
•No additional criminal sanctions for driving drunk with a child in the car, though it can increase sentences.
WHAT OTHER STATES ARE DOING
Wisconsin: Tougher penalties for repeat offenders. Some offenders required to install ignition interlocks.
New York: Harsher law for driving drunk with a child 15 or younger in the vehicle. Ignition interlocks required. Launching aggressive public awareness campaign.
Nevada: Minimum two-year sentence for first-time criminal vehicular homicide; at least 10 years for drivers with three or more DWIs.
New Mexico: More deputies on patrol. "DrunkBusters" hotline for citizen reports of erratic or drunken driving.
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