Fairbanks considers harsher DUI penalties

Posted: Tuesday, November 23, 2010

FAIRBANKS - Drivers convicted of driving while drunk in Fairbanks may see harsher penalties in the future. The Fairbanks City Council at its meeting Monday will consider stiffening penalties.

A proposed resolution would more than double the city impound fee, which an offender pays to retrieve a vehicle from the city lot, from $420 to $1,000.

City police this year have arrested 322 suspected drunken drivers, about one per day.

Sgt. Eric Jewkes tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that's about the same rate as last year but a 10 percent increase from 2008.

Councilwoman Emily Bratcher is a sponsor of the resolution. She says the message is that drivers could afford a lot of cab rides for the amount it will cost them to drink and drive.

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