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Md. Measure Would Create Punitive Damages For Drunk Driving

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A measure in Maryland would allow punitive civil penalties against some drunk drivers.

The bill outlined Tuesday has been introduced at a time when drunken driving is getting added attention in Maryland, after the state’s second highest-ranking bishop in the Episcopal Church was accused of fatally hitting a cyclist while driving drunk in Baltimore late last year.

Under the bill, a drunk driver who causes injury or death could be subject to fines to provide restitution to victims, if proven that the person was driving with a blood alcohol content of twice the legal limit or driving on a suspended or revoked license.

Punitive fines also could apply to someone with a prior arrest resulting in a conviction, plea or sentence of probation before judgment within the last five years.

(Copyright 2015 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

 

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