As expected legislation has been introduced to clear up confusion caused by a recent Arkansas Supreme Court ruling that could have jeopardized federal highway money. The ruling said the state had to prove a “culpable mental state” to sustain a DWI conviction. The law change will make it a strict liability offense. A driver need not have reason to know of a legal level of intoxication to be convicted.
The bill also makes this change for charges of driving a boat while intoxicated, now combined in the DWI statutes.
UPDATE: The bill didn’t pass its first review in committee Tuesday, but another run is planned.