Greensboro, NC -- A new bill in the General Assembly would increase the penalties for drunk drivers who kill someone.
"We're trying to put a deterrent in place that says if you go out and drink and drive and kill someone, you automatically go to jail from 51 to 71 months even if you do not have a record," says Michael Jackson, Victim Impact Panel.
Currently, drunk drivers charged with felony death by vehicle can get off with little or no jail time. That's what happened to the driver who killed one young woman. The new penalty is a message her father believes could have saved her life.
"I think if this new law was enacted, this young lady would have acted more responsibly knowing the consequences, and maybe my daughter would be here today."
A previous 2 Wants to Wants to know investigation found half of the drunk drivers who killed someone got off with little or no jail time.
You can read the investigation called Drunk and Deadly.
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