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DUI bill that would allow stiffer charges passes in Kansas Legislature

April 1, 2013

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A bill that would strengthen penalties against drunken drivers was passed unanimously in the Kansas House and Senate last month.

The bill, advocated by Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson, would allow prosecutors to charge drunken drivers with aggravated battery in injury accidents.

A previous Supreme Court rule required additional evidence of reckless behavior in order to file battery charges in drunken driving cases.

"We are hopeful that this will close yet one more loophole in our DUI laws so that we may prosecute those drivers that ignore the dangers of driving under the influence and injure someone," Branson said.

The Supreme Court rule prevented Branson's office from filing other charges against Kansas University student Julian Kuszmaul, 22, following an Aug. 26 accident in which Kuszmaul's vehicle hit KU student Colby Liston, who lost both legs. Kuszmaul had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit at the time of the incident.

"If this law had been in place a year sooner, it would have definitely been utilized in the Liston matter," Branson said.

The bill passed in the House 124-0, and 40-0 in the Senate, and will now head to the Gov. Sam Brownback's office.

Comments

cheeseburger 2 years, 1 month ago

Much needed. Long overdue.

It remains to be seen whether our weak DA will ever assess the stiffer charges against any offenders in this county.

meggers 2 years, 1 month ago

Perhaps you should consider giving credit where it is due. The DA pushed for the law and it passed. It is illogical to think that he lobbied so strongly for something he doesn't intend to use.

Amesmb 2 years, 1 month ago

I've never heard of such a thing, but if they do want to make things a little harder for the drunk driver then that's fine by me. People who have such an irresponsible disregard for the safety of others SHOULD have it hard.

MarcoPogo 2 years, 1 month ago

I hope you didn't hurt your ankle making that leap in logic.

Allan Jackson 2 years, 1 month ago

Many fine beers come in cans these days. It's definitely changed from even five years ago.

DanR 2 years, 1 month ago

Tallgrass, Ska, Avery, Piney River, Maui, Alchemist, Big Sky, Surly, Anderson Valley breweries... for starters.

landon_alger 2 years, 1 month ago

Au Contraire. The classic "60s formula" for Schlitz was brought back in 2008. Along with it came the classic premium price. Tall boys are available at most of your finer package stores in the Lawrence area. It is no longer a bottom tier beer.

Maggie Morrissey 2 years, 1 month ago

Focus boys!!! The article.....not the picture!!! hahahaha

ksjayhawk74 2 years, 1 month ago

Wow, it was incredibly dangerous getting that photo. That car obviously doesn't have a windshield because there is no way you can stack beer cans 3 tiers high on a dashboard.

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