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Families want DUI law changed

January 9, 2007

Atlanta -- The families of five children killed in an All Terrain Vehicle crash in Coffee County, took their case to the state legislature. Amanda Troupe was convicted of DUI last fall in the 2003 ATV crash that killed Megan Nelson, Kayla and Dustin Varnadore, Lindsay Joyner, and Courtney Arsenault.

The charge was a misdemeanor and Troupe was sentenced to nine months in a detention center. The families of the children are working with Representative Tim Bearden to strengthen DUI laws.    

"One of the things we're pushing is for DUI, the second offense to be a felony, and the third time in a lifetime to be a felony for DUI convictions," said MADD member and Family Spokeswoman Ann Jowers.  

Georgia, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, are the only five states that do not have a felony DUI law.

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