A new bill has been introduced in the Pennsylvania Senate that would increase penalties for those who are repeat offenders for driving under the influence. Under the proposed Senate Bill 635, introduced by Senator Scott Martin (R-Lancaster), drivers who are convicted of more than two DUIs within 10 years would be punished by no less than two years in prison.
In addition, there would be a maximum fine of $15,000. In addition, a repeat offender who causes the death of someone else while driving under the influence could be charged with third degree murder instead of vehicular homicide.
This bill was introduced, according to Sen. Scott Martin, because the state’s current laws regarding repeat DUI offenders are too lax and ineffective.
“We have seen far too many tragedies in which innocent citizens have been victimized by the recklessness of others,” Martin said. “We need to make sure repeat offenders face a punishment that matches the dangerous nature of the crime.”