The father of a West Fargo woman killed, along with her family by a drunk driver on I-94 last year is upset by a DUI bill passed by the North Dakota house this week.
(Lynn Mikkelson, December 18th News Conference announcing support of legislation on tougher DUI law)
The father of a West Fargo woman killed, along with her family by a drunk driver on I-94 last year is upset by a DUI bill passed by the North Dakota house this week. Lynn Mikkelson says he backed the bill sponsored by Representative Kim Koppelman of West Fargo because it was supposed to get tough on drunk drivers. But he says the measure was watered down and he doesn't think it offered much of a deterrent to driving drunk.
He says "you might say I've been slapped in the face." Mikkelson doesn't buy the argument from counties that were afraid it would cost too much to haul drunk drivers into jail. Mikkelson says what price to you put on a human life.
Representative Ed Gruchalla of Fargo says an attempt will be made next week to add amendments to the bill that put stronger penalties into it. Gruchalla, a retired highway patrol trooper, has pushed for tougher DUI laws for several sessions.