PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Rhode Island Senate has passed legislation that would increase the penalties for drunk-driving with a child in the car.
The Senate voted unanimously on Thursday to pass the bill. It now moves to the state House of Representatives.
It would make it a felony crime to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs when there’s a passenger in the vehicle under the age of 13.
Violators would face immediate license suspension and could be subject to up to five years in prison and fines of up to $5,000. The duration of the license suspension could be up to two years.