Senator Lloyd Smucker (R-13) and Senator John Rafferty (R-44) will join families of DUI victims at an 11 a.m. news conference today (Tuesday March 22) in State Capitol’s East Wing Media Center.
The legislators and families will call for passage of Senate Bill 839, and urge support for legislation to require ignition interlocks for drunk drivers after their first conviction.
Smucker’s legislation, Senate Bill 839, increases the penalty for killing a person while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs when the driver has more than two prior offenses within a 10-year period. It would add a presumption of recklessness or negligence when a person dies at the hands of an impaired driver.
The Pennsylvania Senate has already unanimously passed Senate Bill 290 by Senator Rafferty to require convicted drunk drivers with illegal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .10 or greater to use ignition interlocks for at least 12 months for first time offenders. Under current law, second and subsequent offenders are also required to use ignition interlocks for 12 months.