New drunk driving legislation proposed in California

California

“I don’t want this to happen to any other family,” Mary Klotzbach said.

The mother of Matthew Klotzbach who was killed by a drunk driver spoke out on Wednesday in support of new proposed drunk driving legislation that would be some of the toughest in the country.

“Liam was my world and I only got to spend 15 months with him,” Mishel Eder, whose son was killed by drunk driver, said.

Victim families of drunk driving are the driving force behind an effort to strengthen state law, including MMA fighter Marcus Kowal and his partner Mishel.

A drunk hit and run driver killed their son — Legislation named after their son, Liam, would lower the legal limit for blood alcohol content from .08 to .05.

“There’s very few bills that can be backed by so much science and statistics and facts as when it comes to lowering the BAC, which has been done in 100 countries already,” Kowal said.

“In California each year, more than 1,000 people die from drunk drivers,” State Senator Jerry Hill D-San Mateo said.

Along with lowering the BAC limit, Senator Jerry Hill is also pushing for mandatory ignition interlock devices for all DUI offenders.

Those devices sample a driver’s breath for a certain blood alcohol level before starting the car.

“Matt was engaged for one week, he was killed before realizing his dream.”

Mary Klotzbach’s son is the inspiration for the proposal.

“I share my story, not for pity, but to motivate lawmakers to make this stop,” Klotzbach said.

Lawmakers will begin considering the measures next week.

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