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Pennsylvania House Of Representatives Votes To Close DUI Loophole

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 1239 to close a loophole which allowed some repeat drunk drivers to escape harsher penalties and drive on the roads.

After the passing of the bill, prosecutors will now be able to charge DUI suspects with harsher penalties if they are repeat offenders and have been arrested again for subsequent DUIs. The will now face stricter penalties that come with repeat violations.

An incident lead to the introduction of the bill when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled a driver who had been arrested twice for DUI in the same night. However, the case was treated as a first offense and so he faced lesser charges as he did not have a conviction for the first offense.

The bill is pending approval from the Senate now.

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