Hawaii lawmakers weigh tighter DUI rules

Hawaii lawmakers weigh tighter DUI rules

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii drivers arrested on a repeat DUI offense would have to agree to stop drinking alcohol for at least 90 days and wear an ankle bracelet if they want to be released from jail on bail under a bill being considered in the Legislature.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the bill also requires DUI offenders to pay $360 a month for the monitoring device.

The Honolulu prosecutor has voiced support for the proposal, while Hawaii's Office of the Public Defender argues it's unfair to low-income residents who would potentially face longer jail times than those who are well off.

The measure has passed the full House and three Senate committees and is close to gaining final passage in the Legislature.

In 2015, drunken driving contributed to 51 traffic fatalities in Hawaii.

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