New drunk driving laws take effect

Alabama's new drunk driving laws will face their first major holiday test this weekend.

Lawmakers passed the new provisions back in the Spring during the Regular Session.

Under the new laws, first time drivers under the influence who are caught by law enforcement with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .15 or more could face a fine between $600 and $2100. A year in jail would also be the minimum fine.

Governor Robert Bentley helped kick off the "You Drink, You Drive, You Lose" campaign and said, "We need to let people know to not only be aware of it but to let people know that our police force will be watching and they will be arrested if they are caught under the influence of alcohol."

Very few lawmakers opposed the new laws when they were proposed during the legislative session. No senators voted against it and it faced little resistance in the Alabama House of Representatives.

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