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Assemblyman Tim Leslie is trying to crack down on drunk drivers.

A bill introduced last week would charge convicted drunk drivers a higher vehicle license fee for five years from the date of their conviction. The increased revenue — about $16.3 million — would go directly to the California Highway Patrol’s budget.

Leslie says this would help the state’s budget situation while imposing a tough deterrent to would-be intoxicated motorists.

Nearly 179,000 Californians were arrested last year for DUI.