Extreme DWI law now in effect

HOUSTON

They will be stepping up patrols to catch drunk drivers this weekend, and now they have a new weapon to fight the problem.

A just-passed law creates harsher penalties for those who are found to be "extremely drunk."

As of Thursday, Extreme DWI is in effect for drivers who blow a 0.15 or higher on a breathalyzer.

The offense increases the driving while intoxicated charge from a Class B misdemeanor to a Class A misdemeanor.

If convicted of Extreme DWI, you could face a year in jail and a $4,000 fine -- double the penalty for a regular DWI.

The legal limit for drunk driving is 0.08.

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