Tougher DWI Law Proposed

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CAPE GIRARDEAU - An expanded drunk driving law would forbid Missouri drivers from getting behind the wheel with any amount of a nonprescribed drug in their systems. The proposed change is being drafted by Cape Girardeau County Prosecutor Morley Swingle, and it could be signed into law by Gov. Blunt before 2008. Authorities would charge first-time offenders with a misdemeanor, with the maximum penalty up to six months in jail and a $500 fine. The law would allow officers to test drivers for drugs and use those results as evidence in court. That would save the state the expense of toxicology reports or testimony from toxicologists in its prosecution of offenders.

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