Mo. Lawmaker Calls for Tougher DWI Penalties

5 years 6 months 3 weeks ago March 28, 2011 Mar 28, 2011 Monday, March 28 2011 Monday, March 28, 2011 2:26:00 PM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri motorists who kill someone while driving drunk would face more prison time if they have previous DWI convictions under legislation in the House.

The bill by Republican Nick Marshall, of Platte City, would make involuntary manslaughter by a drunken driver with a previous DWI conviction a class A felony. The maximum sentence would rise to 30 years from the current 15 years.

The bill would also require people with drunken driving convictions to purchase more car insurance than other motorists. Insurance industry officials say people who can't afford the increased coverage would simply drive without insurance.

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