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Grendell Introducing Legislation that would Require Drunk Drivers to Support Victims' Children

April 25, 2022
Diane V. Grendell News

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COLUMBUS - State Representative Diane Grendell (R-Chesterland) has announced a bill that will require DUI drivers convicted of either vehicular homicide or aggravated vehicular homicide due to intoxication to pay child support if a parent killed in a crash has any minor children.

 These payments will continue until each child reaches 18 years of age and graduates from high school.

“A parent is responsible for the education and upbringing of their child. When the parent is removed from the home because of an irresponsible and dangerous decision like driving drunk, someone needs to be responsible for the financial needs of the innocent children who lost their parent,” said Grendell

According to recent studies, 28 people are killed in drunk driving car accidents every day in the United States alone, which equates to about 10,000 people killed by drunk drivers annually in the U.S.

Not only will this bill hold drunk drivers financially accountable, but it will also provide support to the victims’ families and relieve them of one of the many burdens they must now endure due to the loss of their parents.