Law enforcement officials and families of drunken driving victims rallied Monday in support of several bills proposing stricter penalties for DUI convictions, asking lawmakers to hold offenders responsible for their actions.
Friends and family members of people killed by drunken drivers say potential costs to the justice system are less important than the safety of other drivers, and that lawmakers need to hold offenders accountable.
“You have not done enough to protect victims in this state,” said Erica Benge, whose friends were killed by a drunken driver last year.
But opponents to the bills argue that laws targeting DUI offenders need to focus on prevention and treatment, instead of more jail time .
Lawmakers in the House Judiciary committee heard testimony on a slew of bills that address DUI, including longer sentences for firsttime offenders and requiring ignition locks for convicted negligent or reckless drivers.