The Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill toughening the penalties for anyone causing harm as a result of drinking and driving. The legislation passed by the Senate is a compilation of several bills put forward this session. Senator Gary Nodler of Joplin sponsors the package, saying too many drunk drivers are getting away with too much. Among the elements of the bill: Tougher sentences for persistent drunk driving offenders and delays on parole eligibility for those sent to prison. Nodler says the fact too many people are breaking the current drunk driving laws is an indication the penalties are not harsh enough. Another positive vote in the Senate sends the bill to the House.
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