Drugged drivers face tougher penalties in bills

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Drugged drivers are targeted in new legislation that would require immediate jail time for repeat offenders.

Republican Rep. Dan Lauwers of Brockway introduced three bills on drugged driving Tuesday. They would place a conditional bond on people arrested for drugged driving and mandate a temporary license for drivers who fail a roadside chemical sobriety test.

Lauwers says the bills would improve law enforcement records on defendants by letting officials enter a pending chemical analysis into the Law Enforcement Information Network.

Lauwers says increasing drugged driving "represents a clear and present danger to all Michigan residents" and says immediate changes are needed "to help curb this ongoing threat."

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