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Pennsylvania Man Receives Two DUIs in 17 Hours

A Pennsylvania man made national news recently. He received two DUIs within a 17-hour period. The first arrest happened on Friday, March 30, while he was driving a school bus full of children to a field trip. The second happened early Saturday morning as he was driving his personal vehicle.

The driver's blood-alcohol content was .08 percent after being stopped that morning. However, Pennsylvania has a .02 BAC for drivers of commercial vehicles. The second stop occurred off of Interstate 70, at 2:30 in the morning.

The man has since been fired from his job as a bus driver, and now will be charged with DUI. Drivers convicted of DUI within Pennsylvania face serious consequences. Even first-time offenders will be looking at possible fines and probation, and be required to complete a traffic safety course. If the offender has a high rate of alcohol in the blood, it could result in a license being suspended for up to one year.

For repeat offenders, the penalties increase. Drivers with two or more DUIs will be required to have an ignition interlock device on their vehicles for at least one year, and possibly have their license suspended for one year. Additionally, offenders may also be facing jail time and very high fines.

And these punishments may only increase. Pennsylvania has faced criticism for its DUI laws, and several attempts have been made to make them stronger. A recent push to require all first-time offenders install interlock devices was discussed in the senate, and may soon become law.

Knowing what options may be available for your situation can help you make a decision that is best for your future. Making the wrong choice may prove to have lifelong consequences, and severely restrict your ability to make a living.

Source: The Washington Post, "Since-fired western Pa. school bus driver charged with drunken driving twice within 17 hours" April 2nd, 2012.

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