RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Anyone convicted of impaired driving in North Carolina under certain aggravating factors would face more time behind bars and higher fines in legislation that has cleared a House committee.
A House judiciary panel recommended Wednesday a bill called "Laura's Law," named after a Gaston County teenager killed in a wreck last summer. A motorist charged in the accident already had multiple impaired driving convictions.
The bill would require an impaired driving offender to receive a one- to three-year prison sentence if there are three grossly aggravating factors - like the person is a repeat offender or caused serious injury. The toughest current punishment requires at least 30 days in jail.
The bill now goes to the House Finance Committee.
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