Wednesday, November 29, 2023
From the Florida Bar:
Drunken drivers would be required to pay child support if they kill a minor’s parent or guardian if a Central Florida lawmaker gets her way.
Rep. Carolina Amesty, R-Orlando, filed HB 79 on September 26 for the 60-day regular session that convenes in January.
Dubbed “Bentley’s Law,” the measure is modeled after a Missouri law and being championed by Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
“To the victim of the impaired drivers, Bentley’s Law allows for another avenue of restitution to help ensure justice,” according to a statement on the MADD website.
The measure would authorize a court to order a motorist convicted of drunken driving in a fatal accident to pay child support to a surviving parent or guardian until the child turns 18. It would also authorize a judge to withhold payments from the perpetrator’s paychecks.
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