Valdosta Daily Times

Top News

March 27, 2013

Senate approves ignition locks after 2nd DUI

ATLANTA — The Georgia Senate has approved stiffer penalties for multiple convictions of driving under the influence.

The changes apply to anyone convicted of two DUIs within any five-year period.

House Bill 407 would lengthen the time those offenders must use a breath-test lock on their car ignition in order to have driving privileges. Multiple offenders now must go 120 days without a valid license. Then, they can get a probationary license for eight months, provided their car ignition is connected to a device that tests a driver’s blood-alcohol content before starting. The revised law would leave the 120-day minimum suspension in place and increase the probationary period to one year.

Because of Senate changes, the bill must return to the House for further consideration.

Lawmakers adjourn for the year on Thursday.

 

For more on this story and other local news, subscribe to The Valdosta Daily Times e-Edition, or our print edition

1
Text Only
Top News
  • Bat Fungus1.jpg Bat-killing fungus spreads in Georgia

    Black Diamond Tunnel sits just outside the city of Clayton in the northeast corner of Georgia. Today, the man-made tunnel is the state’s largest known winter shelter for some of Georgia’s 16 bat species. It’s also the latest site in the state to fall victim to white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that’s killed more than 6 million bats in the eastern half of the U.S.

    April 17, 2014 3 Photos

  • Odd Claw Machine Todd.jpg Nebraska toddler gets stuck inside claw machine

    Authorities say a toddler has been reunited with his mother after employees found him playing inside a claw crane machine at a Nebraska bowling alley.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Boston Marathon_Stew.jpg Boston Marathon organizers confident of safe race

    The arrest of a man with a rice cooker in his backpack near the Boston Marathon finish line led police to step up patrols Wednesday, while organizers sought to assure the city and runners of a safe race next week.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • APTOPIX Ukraine_Stew.jpg Combat vehicles in east Ukraine fly Russian flag

    A column of armored vehicles flying Russian flags drove into a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian insurgents Wednesday, dampening the central government’s hopes of re-establishing control over restive eastern Ukraine.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • S. Ga. river flood warning issued

    S. Ga. river flood warning issued

    April 17, 2014

  • Detroit still needs $350M from state lawmakers

    Pressure was building Wednesday for Michigan lawmakers to commit $350 million to Detroit pensions, a day after the city reached tentative agreements with pension funds and a retiree group to reduce payouts.

    April 17, 2014

  • China’s growth slows to 7.4 percent in 1Q

    China’s economic growth slowed further in the latest quarter but appeared strong enough to satisfy Chinese leaders who are trying to put the country on a more sustainable path without politically dangerous job losses.

    April 17, 2014

  • U.S. stocks close higher for third day in a row

    Investors drove stock prices to their highest level in a week Wednesday, encouraged by a crop of corporate earnings and reassuring U.S. and Chinese economic data.

    April 17, 2014

  • tyler.jpg 5th Annual Tyler Carter Memorial Duathlon

    The 5th Annual Tyler Carter Memorial Duathlon will be held on Saturday, May 3 at the Berrien County Parks & Recreation Department.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Today in History for Thursday, April 17, 2014

    In 1993, a federal jury in Los Angeles convicted two former police officers of violating the civil rights of beaten motorist Rodney King; two other officers were acquitted.

    April 17, 2014

Top News
Poll

What you think about school and workplace rules about Facebook friends?

There have to be rules.
No need for rules, just use common sense.
If people want to be friends, what is the big deal?
Nobody uses Facebook anymore.
     View Results