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Jan 10, 2013 3:50 PM

Family Hoping To See Bill Making DUI Offenses Stricter Passed

A tragedy involving a 6-year-old little boy is the motivation that keeps one central Kentucky family going back to Frankfort pleading for tougher DUI laws, and even some lawmakers believe passing them is simply common sense.

If you wonder why she still fights years after her little boy was killed by a drunk driver, listen to Stephanie Wardrip talk about her last few minutes with Branson.

"He and I were alone in the room together and for the last time I kissed his face, I covered him with his favorite blanket and I put his teddy bear under his arm to keep him safe. "I kissed that little boy for the last time and then the casket was closed."

Stephanie stands strong so that no other mother has to tell a similar story. It's also why her dad, David Warner, has been relentless in his fight to get House Bill 32 passed. They're asking for stricter punishments for DUI offenders.

"When you have 171 people die from traffic-related DUI fatalities, then there's something that has to be done," said Warner.

The lawmakers pushing the bill call the proposed changes common sense. Representative Kim King has five young granddaughters herself. "This is such a preventable and senseless cause of death," she said.

If you'd like to show your support for modifications to the law, you can do so by contacting representative John Tilley.by logging onto www.lrc.gov or you can call the judiciary hotline at 1-800-372-7181.

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