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4 states raise penalty for drunken driving

By With Analysis From Monitor Correspondents Around The World, Edited by Cheryl Sullivan / July 2, 1982

A number of states are cracking down on drunken drivers, and Connecticut intends to arrest violators of a new law raising the legal drinking age from 18 to 19.

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Tennessee, with the nation's toughest law, will sentence drinking drivers with two days in jail and a $250 fine on first conviction. Tennessee, Iowa, Rhode Island, and Florida imposed stiffer penalties Thursday.