21 Jan 2010

American Samoa lawmaker proposes tougher drink drive approach

12:48 pm on 21 January 2010

An American Samoa lawmaker has introduced legislation with the hope it will further deter people from driving while under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

The bill, sponsored by House member Larry Sanitoa, requires the court to suspend or revoke a driver's license upon felony conviction for driving under the influence causing death or bodily injury.

Current laws give the court authority to suspend or revoke a license permanently upon third conviction of driving under the influence.

First conviction is for a period of six months while second conviction is for two years.

Mr Sanitoa says the measure is the result of consultation and recommendations made by the Attorney General's Office and the court, to strengthen the penalties for those who are convicted for driving while under the influence, causing death or bodily injury.