HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS/AP) — The legal consequences for those who repeatedly drive under the influence in Pennsylvania are now more severe under a new law that’s just gone into effect. The legislation passed in October by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Tom Wolf establishes the state’s first felony for DUI.READ MORE: Phanatic's Hot Dog Launcher, Enormous Bryce Harper Banner Among Items Up For Grabs In Phillies Phantastic Auction
That applies when someone is charged with a third offense with at least twice the legal limit for alcohol, or any fourth-time offender. Pennsylvania law sets the legal limit for driving at 0.08 percent.
Previously, all DUI offenses in Pennsylvania were treated as misdemeanors, which carry lighter penalties and fewer other consequences.READ MORE: Tambayan Connecting With Customers At Reading Terminal Market Through Authentic Filipino Cuisine
The new law also mandates longer jail time for those who unintentionally cause someone’s death because of a repeat DUI violation.
The stiffer penalties for repeatedly driving drunk in Pennsylvania took effect Sunday.MORE NEWS: Free Toll Friday Returns For 1 Hour At Atlantic City Expressway's Egg Harbor Toll Plaza Friday
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