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Va. Senate passes bill to let you drive drunk on private property

Virginia Senate passes bill to let...

VIRGINIA - A new bill in Virginia  is raising some eyebrows.  

Senate Bill 308 will allow residents to drive intoxicated on their own private property. 

It will exempt residents from getting charged with a DWI at home or other private properties. 

The main driver behind it Senator Richard Stuart and his bill has already passed the State Senate with a 37-3 vote. 

And because local matters, 47 ABC spoke to Virginians to hear their thoughts on this new potential law. 

One local, Stephanie Hoffman says, "It's your own property you should be able to do what you want on your own property, if you're not going off your property, I think it's pretty much your business."

But another local, Shanika Schoolfield thinks differently, "They would hurt themselves I mean if you can't drive on even the road, why would you want to get in the car and drive around the yard or even around your own property, that doesn't even make sense at all."

47 ABC spoke to other locals, who say they are concerned about the potential risk this poses to the community.

"People may get comfortable you know drinking and driving in their driveway and they just might further step where they're driving on the highway down the highway you know it's going to go further than just their property," Darrius West tells us.  

And Joseph Hinman says he sees both sides, "I get where it's both sided, it's your own property, you can do whatever you want but people still can get hurt no matter what you do, especially with a lot of parties around here they like to get completely trashed and go around in their own cars in their properties you can still get hurt an nobody know it."

But others do believe, if it's your property, you can do whatever you want. 

Regardless of which side you're on, Senate Bill 308 is causing quite the buzz in Virginia. 

The Virginia Association of Commonwealth's Attorney and Washington Regional Alcohol Program are opposed to the legislation and have been vocal about it. 

The proposed bill will now go to the House of Delegates for consideration.The house has until March 10th to make a decision. 
 


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