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State looking to make sense of DWI laws

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Posted: Jan 23, 2014 5:03 PM by Troy Gaulden
Updated: Jan 23, 2014 5:40 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: DWI, MADD, laws, drinking and driving, legislation

BATON ROUGE - The Governor's Task Force on DWI and Vehicular Homicide tackled the task of making sense of state DWI laws Thursday.

State leaders like Sen. Jody Amedee, R-Gonzales, say the newly reorganized DWI laws will make it easier for the court system to work.

"The way the law is now, the law has been amended so many times over the years and years and years it gets to where some laws conflict each other out sometimes, and this is going to address those situations," he said. "This new law, the way they've done it, I think it's going to make it a lot easier to apply and understand."

Floyd Johnson, State Executive Director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, says the rewritten laws will make it easier for judges and will make the streets we drive on safer.

"They are able to see all the sentencing guidelines for first offender, second offender, third offender in a much easier manner now, so it makes their job easier and more efficient to get a sentence," he said.

Johnson says the reorganized laws won't be the only DWI legislation this year.

"We are developing a legislative agenda now to help strengthen and toughen some laws that are currently on the books and I know that they are other agencies across the state that are doing the same," he said.

These changes and others will be discussed when the legislative session begins in March.

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