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Associated Press, Published March 29 2013

ND House kills bill to strengthen DUI penalties

BISMARCK — North Dakota's House has killed a bill aimed at strengthening penalties for drunken driving.

Representatives rejected the bill 63-28 on Friday. North Dakota's Senate endorsed the measure earlier.

The measure, among other things, would have raised the fine for a first drunken driving offense from $250 to $500.

The bill also would require mandatory participation in the so-called 24/7 sobriety program, which requires offenders to report twice a day to a law enforcement center and blow into a device to show they're sober. People who couldn't make the trip would wear an ankle bracelet to track their sobriety in real time.

Data show DUI arrests in North Dakota have increased 53 percent in the last 10 years, including 6,600 arrests last year.