Virginia lawmakers target drunken drivers

| 12/17/2003

Three legislators in Virginia plan to introduce a series of bills that would toughen the state’s drunken driving laws, The Richmond Times Dispatch reported Dec. 16.

Delegates Robert F. McDonnell, R-Virginia Beach; David B. Albo, R-Fairfax; and Robert B. Bell, R-Albemarle – all of whom are members of the House Courts of Justice Committee – talked about 15 proposed bills during a news conference held at the Capitol building in Richmond.

The plan, the newspaper said, would increase penalties for driving drunk, target repeat offenders and change provisions of the state’s law that allow people convicted of drunken drivers avoid current penalties.

Both political parties in the state say they will target drunken driving during the upcoming legislative session, The Times Dispatch reported.