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NJ NEWS COMMONS: HERE ARE THE NEW PENALTIES FOR DRUNKEN DRIVING IN NJ

Under a new law that took effect yesterday, every driver who gets a DWI will be required to install a breathalyzer device inside their vehicle that locks into the ignition. How long it must stay in there depends on the conviction: for first-time offenders who had a blood alcohol reading under 0.15%, the device can be removed between three months to a year. Drivers who blew over that could get their license suspended for up to six months, and the device must remain in their vehicle for nine to 15 months. Previously, first offenders were subject to a potential suspension, too — this law eliminates that. (NorthJersey.com)

NJ: LET'S DIVERT $20M FOR ATLANTIC CITY INFRASTRUCTURE

The state's Department of Community Affairs has opened up a proposal for public comment. The state wants to take $20 million in federal funding for the Atlantic City Resilience Program, which is dedicated to repairing Sandy-ravaged buildings as well as improving infrastructure across the city to make it stronger — that is, so it's more likely to weather big storms. The state says the move won't put a dent in any current federal funding earmarked for disaster relief. To comment, email sandy.publiccomment@dca.nj.gov by Dec. 18. (WHYY)

LAMBERTVILLE ISSUES ADVISORY FOR LEAD IN WATER

Newark isn't the only place in our state that's dealing with the health effects of aging infrastructure — specifically, elevated levels of lead in the drinking water. A new round of testing in Lambertville, a Hunterdon County town on the Delaware River, found that water in three of 22 homes contained lead above the federal action level. The water system is managed by Suez, which says it will replace all of the underground galvanized pipes — and though no lead was detected at its treatment plant, the company will monitor its corrosion control. (NJTV News)

AFTER TUMULTUOUS YEAR, HAMILTON HAS A NEW MAYOR

Hamilton township has had a rough year — the community of 88,000 in central Jersey has dealt with an uproar over its move to merge its fire departments, plus water safety issues (from its relationship with Trenton Water Works). The state also investigated the local animal shelter and charged its employees with cruelty and misconduct; and the health officer was recently indicted. But now long-time Republican Mayor Kelly Yaede is out, and Democrat Jeff Martin — who has served on the local council for two years — will take her place. (NJ.com)

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