New Arkansas Law Increases Penalties for DUI With Children in the Car

By Mary Ann

A new Arkansas DUI law will increase the jail time for drunk driving with children in the vehicle. The new DUI law increases the minimum time in jail for drinking and driving with a child under the age of 17 in the car from 24 hours to 7 days. With a 2nd offense, the minimum jail sentence, when a child is in the car, goes from 7 to 30 days. The 3rd offense penalty increases from 90 to 120 days. Judges may, at their discretion, order community service in lieu of jail time.

“It makes police officers mad to see a child in a car with a drunk driver,” an officer with the Rogers Arkansas police department said. “You’ve got an adult, who’s supposed to be a role model taking a child along. The adult makes the decision to drink and drive, but then they’ve got someone with them who doesn’t have a choice. Forcing their decision on them – that’s the ultimate form of bullying.”

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