Frankfort–In an emotional press conference Thursday at the state Capitol, families affected by drunk driving crashes spoke in support of legislation to require Breathalyzer-style devices in the vehicles of DUI offenders.
The audience was moved to tears when William and Ann Lucas of Owingsville described Dec. 28, 2008, the night their oldest son, Michael, was struck and killed by a repeat DUI offender driving on a suspended license.
Michael, 20, was the designated driver that night for his friends.
Morehead Police Chief Mike Adams described June 2, 2004, the night one of colleagues came to his door to tell him his mother was killed and his 13-year-old son severely injured when a drunk driver crossed the center line and hit them head-on.
When a bystander came to their aid, Adams’ elderly mother, clutching a Bible, told him to first help her grandson. She died at the scene.
And 28-year-old Brad Fritz of Edgewood wrote about the traumatic brain injury he received Sept. 18, 1999, when he was riding with a drunk friend who crashed a car into a tree while joyriding in Fort Mitchell’s Highland Cemetery.
Fritz was in a coma for months after the wreck. Today, the former Covington Catholic High School football player can’t speak or walk.
“The ignition interlock bill, House Bill 58, is a monumental step in helping to keep drunk drivers off our roads,” he said in a statement read aloud on his behalf. “Increasing the penalties for DUI offenders will not only help keep repeat offenders off our roads, but will also force individuals to think about the consequences of getting behind the wheel while impaired.”
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