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Mon Feb 19, 2024, 02:16 PM Feb 2024

Drunken drivers would have to pay child support for victims' kids under these laws

It was an unimaginable tragedy — the loss of her son, daughter-in-law and 4-month-old grandson in an April 13, 2021, car crash in Missouri — that pushed Cecilia Williams into advocacy.


Working with other advocates, she helped write legislation called “Bentley and Mason’s Law” — often shortened to Bentley’s Law — that would require convicted drunken drivers to pay child support for children who lose one or both parents in a fatal accident.

The bill was first introduced in her home state of Missouri in 2022, but it failed. Still, similar legislation is spreading in U.S. statehouses, according to Becky Iannotta, a spokesperson for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), one of the major advocacy groups for Bentley’s Law.

Three states — Kentucky, Tennessee and Texas — have passed some version of Bentley’s Law. Since 2022, at least 20 states have considered legislation similar to it.


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Drunken drivers would have to pay child support for victims' kids under these laws (Original Post) Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Feb 2024 OP
It definitely needs to happen. Lunabell Feb 2024 #1
wish theyd get off their tailfeathers and git a move on. AllaN01Bear Feb 2024 #2


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1. It definitely needs to happen.
Mon Feb 19, 2024, 02:33 PM
Feb 2024

As a prison nurse, I knew a woman who killed a family of four while intoxicated. Her 4th dui and the only one that caused death. She only got 14 years.


She was paralyzed in the incident and had the gall to complain that this gave her a life sentence. While incarcerated, she was caught several times with different narcotics and hootch. Classic narcissistic personality. No regard for others at all. I truly hated that inmate, but treated her professionally.

God, how I wanted to slug her!!

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