DUI penalty bill held

TRENTON –The Senate Judiciary Committee held a DUI penalty bill for further work.

Sponsor Sen. Nicholas Scutari said the bill deals with a complex issue and the matter will be before the committee at another time.

S1750/A2832: Under this bill, the penalties for a first drunken-driving or refusal to submit to a Breathalyzer offense would have included a fine of $250 to $400, imprisonment for 30 days at the discretion of the court, and suspension of the offender’s driver’s license for 30 to 60 days. 

Under current law, a first-time offender whose blood alcohol concentration is 0.08 percent to 0.10 percent is fined $250 to $400, and a first-time offender whose BAC is more than 0.10 percent is fined $300 to $500.  

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—former U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-3), on Gov. Chris Christie