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Stiffer West Virginia DUI Penalties Proposed After Teen's Death in Car Crash

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People are rallying in Charleston, West Virginia (WV), for stricter drunk drving laws after the tragic death of a 14-year-old girl in a DUI accident. The girl was returning after a night out with her friend and her friend’s father when a drunk driver crossed the center line and slammed into her car head-on. The drunk driver and the 14-year-old girl were killed in the accident. The other two passengers were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

A law proposed in the name of the victim includes harsh punishments such as life in prison after causing a death due to DUI instead of the current 2 to10 years in prison. Supporter belive such potential punishments could make people think twice before drinkin and driving.

The young teen who lost her life had her life cut short by someone who chose to be negligent and chose to drink and drive. My personal injury law firm colleagues and I support stronger penalties for drunk drivers. This kind of behavior is the epitome of recklessness and negligence. People need to understand that getting behind the wheel while drunk is simply unacceptable.


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