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Assemblyman calls for stricter DWI laws

ALBANY -- Asm. Felix Ortiz (D-Brooklyn) announced a bill Thursday to lower the blood-alcohol content that determines if a person is too intoxicated to drive from .08 to .06. It would also require those convicted of DWI to keep disposable breathalyzers in their vehicles.

Ortiz’s announcement comes after the National Transportation Safety Board suggested lowering the limit to .05 earlier this month, however the assemblyman thought a limit that low would face more opposition.

A separate bill would require drivers to keep disposable breathalyzers in any vehicle used for ten years. It would also require stores selling alcohol to also sell breathalyzers.