On Feb. 16, 2019, our daughter, Deana Eckman, misplaced her life when struck by a extremely intoxicated driver in a violent crash. The driving force, who took our daughter’s life and in addition triggered accidents to our son-in-law Chris, had beforehand been convicted of 5 DUI offenses. The felony justice system failed our household as a result of the motive force was given concurrent, slightly than consecutive, sentences on his fourth and fifth offenses. The driving force had additionally did not stay as much as parole necessities, which likewise ought to have gotten him off the road earlier than the crash.
Laws is being thought-about within the Pennsylvania State Legislature to extend penalties for repeat offenders and develop use of Steady Alcohol Monitoring, or “CAM,” bracelets. The 2 items of laws — HB773 and SB773 — would considerably improve penalties for many who have a number of DUI convictions and goal offenders who repeatedly drive drunk with excessive Blood Alcohol Content material ranges. It’ll additionally require consecutive sentences for a fourth or subsequent DUI conviction and alert authorities when somebody already convicted of a DUI offense imbibes whereas on probation.
As we acknowledged at a legislative listening to earlier this 12 months, these payments targets the worst repeat DUI offenders — the offenders who drive on our roadways continually drunk till they in the end kill an harmless individual. Deana’s Legislation would mandate consecutive sentences for the worst DUI offenders and fill a necessity for prolonged incarceration and expanded monitoring of those that regularly flout the regulation.
The tragedy that has deeply affected our household may sadly occur to different households in Pennsylvania as a result of, below present state regulation, irresponsible drivers are allowed on our roads. We used to assume that it couldn’t occur to us, now there may be an empty chair at our desk and a gap in our hearts.
Time can’t fill that gap and we’re pushed by a have to see legal guidelines modified to guard others. We hope to save lots of lives and spare different households the heartbreak we’re struggling. Thus, we’re decided to alter legal guidelines which have permitted a revolving door system for the worst of the worst repeat DUI offenders in Pennsylvania.
We can’t enable the worst of the worst repeat DUI offenders to hazard Pennsylvania motorists. Please proceed to assist the hassle to guard our households and communities from repeat DUI offenders in our daughter’s reminiscence by supporting these essential legislative initiatives.
Roseann and Wealthy DeRosa stay in Delaware County.