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Dalrymple Signs DUI Bill Into Law

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There are three families who have spent hours at North Dakota's State Capitol this session, sharing their painful stories of the effects of drinking and driving.

They brought pictures of their kids and even a wrecked car to help deliver their message to lawmakers.

Today, their work is done.

Governor Jack Dalrymple signs the DUI bill into law.

Donnell Preskey has the story.

<<"House Bill 1302 is now law."

These families and legislators celebrate a tougher DUI law.

But the real faces behind this legislation can only be here in memory.

Juan Ruiz says, "I won't allow the death of my boys to go in vain."

"We wanted to do this for our kids," says Arlene Deutscher.

The Deutscher's, Mickelsons, and the Ruiz' family were very visible this legislative session, making personal pleas for tougher drinking and driving laws.

Governor Dalrymple's signature makes major changes to the state's DUI laws with stiffer fines and more time in jail.

Now the Ruiz boys and the Deutshcer family will live through this historic legislation.

"Happy to see the private families could have a voice in changing the law," says Lynn Mickelson.

Even Governor Dalrymple commends the families for their courage.

They had the bravery to work through their pain and make a change for all of North Dakota...

"Honestly, Arlene and I just don't want anyone to go through this, its a life sentence for us," says Tom Deutscher.

Ruiz says, "change is happening and it will continue to change everyday."

"The one change we will never know, is which lives did we help save. But we will know some have been saved," says Mickelson.

There hasn't been much celebrating since July when drunk drivers killed their loved ones, but today they say they can smile.

August 1st will be another "good" day... The day the new law goes into effect.

"It's ended, we were successful," says Mickelson.>>

Dalrymple says 52% of accidents in North Dakota are alcohol related, the national average is 31%.

6,000 North Dakotan's were arrested for DUI in 2011.

 

  1. One third of them were repeat offenders.

 

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