Drunk boat driving covered in DWI law change | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Drunk boat driving covered in DWI law change

Posted By on Tue, May 26, 2015 at 4:01 PM

As expected legislation has been introduced to clear up confusion caused by a recent Arkansas Supreme Court ruling that could have jeopardized federal highway money. The ruling said the state had to prove a "culpable mental state" to sustain a DWI conviction. The law change will make it a strict liability offense. A driver need not have reason to know of a legal level of intoxication to be convicted.

The bill also makes this change for charges of driving a boat while intoxicated, now combined in the DWI statutes.

UPDATE: The bill didn't pass its first review in committee Tuesday, but another run is planned.

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