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Montgomery County deaths spur Maryland drunken-driving bills

Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy said the potential for jail time for parents who host underage drinking parties puts ‘additional teeth’ into existing laws. ‘There should be consequences for these actions other than a fine,’ he says. ‘Fines are wholly inadequate as maximum penalties.’ (Photo illustration by Maximilian Franz)

The drunken-driving-related deaths in Montgomery County last year of two recent high-school graduates and a police officer have spurred legislation to allow judges to imprison adults who host underage-drinking parties, permit drunken-driving victims to get punitive damages and increase the punishment for drunken motorists who kill people.

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