Bill would revoke licenses in fatal accidents

Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) -- Drivers who cause fatal accidents could lose their licenses for up to three years under a bill that passed the Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday.

Sen. Scott Ogan, R-Palmer, said he first sponsored the bill, unsuccessfully, four years ago after some friends' children were killed in an accident in which a driver was charged with speeding.

The driver's sentence was a $300 fine, community service and a few points off his license, Ogan said.

''The judge actually apologized to the parents for not being able to do more,'' Ogan said.

Under the proposed law, a driver's license could be revoked if the motorist violated traffic laws and that was a significant contributing cause of a fatal accident.

A limited license could be allowed if a judge found that wouldn't endanger the public.

Senate Bill 53 next moves to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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