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DUI fee would pay for warnings to drivers

Del. G. Manoli Loupassi wants Virginia drivers to know they will go to jail on a first offense DUI if their blood alcohol level is high enough. To spread the word, Loupassi proposes a $25 special fee for those convicted of DUI to fund an education campaign.

Loupassi says a lot of defendants are surprised to discover their first DUI arrest could bring a mandatory 5-day stay in the jailhouse if their BAC exceeded .15 percent. “I think if more people knew that, they’d be less likely to drink and drive,” Loupassi said. “I think they’d be scared.”

Loupassi’s bill would set up a “DUI Personal Responsibility Initiative Fund,” administered by the ABC Board, to publicize the consequences of driving while intoxicated.

By Peter Vieth

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