Mar 8, 2010 7:24 PM by Veronica White
Drunk drivers will be in for a harsher punishment if a proposed bill passes this spring.
House Bill 104, proposed by Representative Rickey Hardy of Lafayette, is a direct result of a case involving a Lafayette school bus driver who drove his route, hours after police arrested him on suspicion of driving drunk.
The bill would require anyone arrested for driving while intoxicated to be detained for 2 full days from the time of arrest.
This time period cannot be waived or suspended.
The bill, according to Hardy, offers 2 benefits.
Firstly, it allows a driver to get the alcohol out of his or her system before getting back out on the road.
"If he gets bailed out, his friends pick him up, and once he's out he goes and drives again-- still under the influence of alcohol," says Hardy.
Secondly, as MADD-- or Mothers Against Drunk Driving-- says, it teaches them a lesson.
"It gives them time to think of the seriousness of the crime and hopefully it'll then deter them from ever doing it again," says Gene Guidry from MADD.
This bill will be brought to Baton Rouge for lawmakers to debate this spring.