Drivers convicted of combining the wheel and alcohol or prohibited substances would face up to three years in prison while seeing their privileges suspended for a similar period.

Assemblyman Diego Echevarría introduced a bill that seeks to increase such penalties by modifying the Penal Code that also includes the creation of a DUI registry.

First time offenders will not face any penalties if no damage or third party injuries are caused, but will be registered for DUI for the next three years. In case of recidivism offenders would face penalties.

In case of causing damages or injuries offenders would face a minimum penalty of a year in prison. The lawmaker said neither cities nor the state had a DUI registry.

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