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New DUI law blocked, mother wants state to reconsider

Posted at 6:21 PM, Oct 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-01 12:46:14-04

TULSA -- A Green Country mother is pushing for the state to reconsider after a new DUI law was blocked.

Gov. Mary Fallin signed the bill earlier this year. It was set to take effect Nov. 1. 

Monday, the State Supreme Court temporarily blocked the law, meaning it will not take effect on Wednesday. 

A group of attorneys in the state are challenging it saying it is unconstitutional. 

When Melissa Brandon heard the DUI law would not go into effect as planned she was discouraged. 

Brandon lost her son Bobby Simmons to a drunk driving crash in 1999. She said her 15-year old son got in the car with someone who had been drinking. The car crashed and he died.

"He was only 15," Brandon said. "He had the rest of his life to live, so it impacted me greatly and it continues to even now."

Simmons death is not something his mother will ever get over.

"You're able to function but you carry that with you from now on," Brandon said.

Brandon is now part of MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, who advocates to end drunk driving. 

"We didn't even give it the chance to possibly save people's lives," Brandon said.

The Impaired Driving Elimination Act would make it illegal to refuse a Breathalyzer test for people who are pulled over. It will also increase the use of interlocks or the Breathalyzers connected to the ignition of cars and change the rules regarding the suspension of driver's license. 

"As the court process plays out and you see the DUI offenses, DUI deaths, DUI tragedies, usually it's on the side of the offender not the victim," Brandon said. "I can't believe that someone wouldn't be willing to try something different to curtail some of that, some of the deaths on our roadways." 

The block by the Oklahoma Supreme Court will last until they are able to rule on the case challenging the law. 

 

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