D.C. DUI Fines More Than Triple

Plus: 5 day minimum jailtime for drunk drivers who have a child in the car

Wednesday, Aug 1, 2012  |  Updated 9:58 AM EDT
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News4's Jim Rosenfield gets the details.

News4's Jim Rosenfield gets the details.

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D.C. is looking to crack down even more on drunk drivers, implementing new, stricter penalties.

Starting today, the maximum fine for a first offense goes up from $300 to $1000. The maximum jail time on a first offense is now six months, up from just 90 days.

Those caught with a child in the car face a fine of a thousand dollars per child and a mandatory 5-day jail term.

Those caught for the second time will also face harsher minimum sentences.

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