House Looks at DUI Bill
"When they closed Casey's casket, we made a promise to him that we were gonna fight for him, because we know he would have fought for us," said Dennis Beaver.
His son, Casey Beaver, was killed by a drunk driver in 2000 in Neosho. The Beavers say the legal system failed them because the driver had eight DUI convictions, had served jail time, and had his license revoked. All of that did not keep him off the road.
"The alcohol is the ammunition and the vehicle is the weapon and you've got to get the weapon out of their hands," Dennis Beaver said.
The proposed law would take the weapon out of drivers hands by allowing judges to impound a drunk driver's car for up to a year. The Beavers helped pass a similar law in their home state of Kansas, called Casey's law. Now, they want to pass it in Missouri, the state where their son died.
"We've made sure this is not a mandate, this is not something the judges have to do. But it does give them the opportunity if they feel like this is appropriate in the particular case. That is something they could do that they can't do now," said Representative Kevin Wilson of Neosho.
After hearing Casey's story, the house committee agreed a change is needed for repeat offenders.
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