By Upsocl
mayo 11, 2022

In the southern US state of Tennessee, when a “defendant is convicted of vehicular manslaughter due to intoxication and the deceased victim of the offense was the parent of a minor child, then the sentencing court shall order the defendant to pay restitution in the form of child maintenance to each of the victim’s children”.

Drunk driving is grossly irresponsible because there is no respect for the lives of other people who may be on the road, despite the many warnings that have been promoted in campaigns to avoid accidents of this kind. Even if you think you have the situation under control, driving under the influence of alcohol is a potentially lethal experience.

That is why those people who, even knowing the seriousness of the matter, decide to drive under such conditions, should be subjected to the most severe legal consequences. It is for this reason that in the southern US state of Tennessee, they made changes to their laws to make drunk drivers liable for potential accidents.

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This is the so-called “Ethan, Hailey and Bentley’s Law”, which will force any drunk driver who is convicted of taking the life of a parent or caregiver to pay child support for the victim’s children until they reach eighteen years of age.

This bill, in addition to providing financial support for the children of victims of drunk driving fatalities, is also expected to reduce drunk driving crashes. It was passed by the Tennessee House of Representatives, named in honor of Nicholas Galinger’s children, a Chattanooga police officer who was killed by a drunk driver three years ago.

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“Under this bill, if a defendant is convicted of vehicular homicide due to intoxication or aggravated vehicular homicide and the deceased victim of the offense was the parent of a minor child, then the sentencing court shall order the defendant to pay restitution in the form of child maintenance to each of the victim’s children until each child reaches 18 years of age,” the bill’s summary reads, according to The New York Times.

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The bill finally passed the House unanimously. “As I promised, I will do whatever it takes to protect the future of our most valuable resources, our children. Tennesseans care for each other and we will do everything in our power to hold people accountable who chose to do harm,” Representative Mark Hall, who introduced the bill, said in a statement.

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