State senator, parents push for mandatory jail time for repeat DWI offenders

State Senator Charles Fuschillo (R-Merrick) has introduced a bill to make jail time mandatory for repeat DWI offenders.

Fuschillo and parents of children killed by drunk drivers spoke before Long Island politicians Thursday in an effort to change current laws. Fuschillo is pushing for five days in prison for a second conviction and 10 days if the suspect?s blood alcohol content is .20 or higher.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice says drunk driving is an epidemic in the county and that efforts to stop it have failed. Officials say there were more than 600 alcohol related accidents in Nassau in 2005, with 23 fatalities.

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