If you’ve ever had someone you love hurt by a drunk driver, it’s understandable to want justice. You want that person to be held responsible for their actions because few actions are as reckless as choosing to drink and get behind the wheel. Well, it seems like Tennessee lawmakers and families in Bradley County agree because they are pushing for harsher penalties for drunk drivers that cause deadly accidents.
The group of Senators, Representatives, and surviving families of drunk driving victims have come together to propose “Dustin’s Law.” The bill is named after a young man from Bradley County who lost his life after being struck by a woman whose BAC was twice the legal limit nearly four years ago.
The new bill would make vehicular homicide that involves drivers with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .20 or higher a Class A felony. The bill would also increase the standing penalties for vehicular homicide from 8-12 years in prison to 15-25 years and in the most extreme cases could see perpetrators facing 60 years behind bars. For those proposing the bill it’s all about making negligent drivers take “personal responsibility” for their actions.
The bill won’t have the easiest time passing, however. It’ll add $445,000 to an already tight state budget. Those pushing for the bill think it’s a small price to pay to save lives throughout Tennessee and hope to get it in front of Governor Haslam soon.
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Source. TimesFreePress.com, ‘http://m.timesfreepress.com/news/2014/feb/25/parents-seek-tougher-dui-punishments/,’ Andy Sher, February 25, 2014.