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L.I. Town Imposes Stricter Public Drunkenness Law

Offenders Can Now Be Arrested, Charged And Face Up To 90 Days In Jail
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BABYLON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A new public drunkenness law has taken effect in the town of Babylon on Long Island.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, those caught being drunk and disorderly can now be arrested and charged with a misdemeanor carrying a penalty of up to 90 days in jail.

Previously, police could only hand out tickets for public drunkenness.

Deanna Cohen from Mothers Against Drunk Driving said the law is especially good for people who do not have designated drivers.

“If you have your keys in your hand and you’re going to your car, absolutely be arrested,” she told Hall.

The town’s spokesperson noted the new law is not going to be enforced at weddings, bars or other places if people are acting orderly. The law will only apply to people on the streets or in public places that are acting out of control, the official said.

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