FRANKFORT, Ky. (October 8, 2013) -- Representative Mike Harmon, R- Danville announced Tuesday he has again filed legislation that seeks to increase penalties for repeat offenders of driving under the influence (DUI), and streamline the punishment process for those who repeatedly choose to drink and drive.
BR 126, which has been pre-filed for 2014 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly, is the same proposal as House Bill 32 filed by Rep. Harmon and Rep. Kim King, R-Harrodsburg in the 2013 legislation session.
“While our commonwealth continues to slap many DUI offenders on the wrist, innocent Kentuckians are losing their lives because we haven’t taken steps to strengthen our drunken driving laws,” said Rep. Harmon. “It’s time we take action to protect our citizens, and I’m hopeful this bill will gain support in the House.”
Rep. Harmon has continued to file his DUI bill in memory Branson Taylor Warner-Cummings at a press conference announcing the proposed bill. On October 2, 2004 Warner-Cummins died after the vehicle he was in was struck by a drunk driver whose blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit and driving on a suspended license due to a prior DUI conviction.
Rep. Harmon’s bill would institute swifter punishment for subsequent DUI violations through a three-tier set of penalties, a reduction from the current four-tier system. Additionally, the five-year “look-back” window to monitor prior offenses would be expanded to ten years and the forfeiture of an individual’s vehicle would be permitted if their license had been previously suspended.