Bill Aims to Crack Down on Impaired Drivers

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A bill that was inspired by the deaths of a woman and her 4-year-old daughter is scheduled for a hearing Monday.

State Rep. Aaron Jack, R-Andover, says he was horrified by the deaths last October of Claudia Mijares and her 4-year-old daughter, who were run down in a school crosswalk by a suspected drunken driver.

Jack has introduced one of the toughest bills ever proposed in the Kansas Legislature to punish impaired drivers. The bill, co-sponsored with Rep. Lance Kinzer, R-Olathe, would create a new crime in Kansas: aggravated drunken driving.

The bill includes higher penalties for DUI if drivers are found to be drunk at a blood alcohol level of .24, if they're driving with suspended or revoked licenses, or if they have one or more passengers younger than 18.

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