BROOKLYN - A new, tougher drunk driving law is sending the message to Brooklyn residents to celebrate the new year more responsibly

The new law states anyone with a blood alcohol content of .18 or higher can be charged with aggravated DWI. Violators can face up to a year in jail and lose their license for a year. Also, the prosecution cannot accept plea deals less than a misdemeanor for clients charged with aggravated DWI.

The maximum penalty will increase for offenders involved in fatal drunk driving incidents. Brooklyn residents caught more than once will have their license revoked and could be convicted of a felony.