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Legislators agree on first time DWI offender program
House Bill 496 establishes a restricted license for first-time, drunk driving offenders after they have had their license suspended for 45 days or more. The bill, sponsored by House Majority Leader Stephen Shurtleff, D-Concord, is similar to laws in 20 other states, including Maine.
The restricted license limits the time and days a person could drive and would cost $50.
The House argued for a 30-day suspension, saying that would not be too much of a hardship on families who would have to drive the person to work, or school or to a doctor.
But Senate negotiators pushed for a longer suspension. “I know people make mistakes but there have to be consequences,” said Sen. David Boutin, R-Hooksett.
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