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Stronger DUI Penalties

The state House of Representatives is aiming to increase penalties for motorists who have multiple DUI convictions.

Lawmakers want to end what critics have called Pennsylvania’s “revolving door” for the most serious drunk drivers.

The bill passed Wednesday 168-32.

It next goes to the Senate for consideration.

Under the bill, penalties would rise for those who receive multiple driving-under-the-influence convictions with higher blood-alcohol content levels.

The bill was inspired by the death of Deana Eckman, a 45-year-old Delaware County woman killed in 2019 by a five-time drunk driver.

He had been freed from state prison a few months earlier.

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