D.C. DUI Fines More Than Triple

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

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    News4's Jim Rosenfield gets the details. (Published Wednesday, Aug 1, 2012)

    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.