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Supporters of 'Dustin's Law' Head to State Capitol

Supporters of 'Dustin's Law' Head to State Capitol

CREATED Feb 24, 2014

by Jason Lamb

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Monday, a push for tougher driving under the influence laws went straight to the state capitol, as nearly a dozen relatives of people killed by drunk drivers tried to raise awareness of a bill in the state legislature called "Dustin's Law."

It would make it easier for someone to be charged with aggravated vehicular homicide if they kill someone while driving drunk.  Right now, that can only happen if that person has already been convicted of a previous DUI.

The parents, siblings and friends of those killed by drunk drivers arrived at the state capitol this afternoon to meet with State Representative Eric Watson who filed the bill.

It was named after Kim Ledford's son, 24-year-old Dustin Ledford who was killed by a drunk driver in 2010 who was also high on meth.

The law would allow a first time DUI offender to be charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, if their blood alcohol level is more than .20, or if the driver is drunk and high on meth.

"I'm doing this for every parent in the state of Tennessee, every other child in the state of Tennessee, so that hopefully they won't have to go through what we've gone through," Kim Ledford said.

The proposed "Dustin's Law" was filed in both the House and Senate last year but neither bill has yet to make it out of committee.

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