Posted: Aug 31, 2009 3:12 PM
Source: Associated Press
Drivers who refuse to submit to a breathalyzer test when they are stopped on suspicion of drunken
driving face stiffer penalties for the refusal starting Tuesday.
Louisiana lawmakers approved changes to the law earlier this year, in a move backed by Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Under the new law, a suspect who refuses to take the test loses his driver's license for one year, up from the previous six month penalty. If a person refuses the test more than once in a five-year
period, the driver's license will be suspended for two years.
Supporters of the change, sponsored by Houma Rep. Damon Baldone,
said they were hoping to discourage the refusal to submit to the
breathalyzer test. Opponents had argued the tougher penalties were