A parent is killed on the roadway by someone who made the choice to drive while intoxicated. The person responsible cannot replace the loss of a loved one, but they can at least take care of some of the dead parent’s financial dependents.
That’s what a bill proposed by Rep. Roger Goodman of Kirkland aims to make happen: Mandate that drunk drivers pay child support if they kill a parent.
If a state representative has his way, penalties for drunks on the road will be a lot tougher.
State Rep. Roger Goodman, D-Kirkland, wants tougher penalties for vehicular homicide and vehicular assault. He’s also working on a proposal that would require a drunken driver who kills or severely injures a parents to pay child support for the victim’s kids.
“Incarceration is not proven to deter drunk driving, but nevertheless offenders are getting out too soon,” said Goodman, who is a candidate to replace U.S. Rep Jay Inslee, who is running for governor.
He said that while there is a desire to make vehicular homicide penalties the same as manslaughter, there’s question of overall political will because of the costs involved for additional prison time.
This bill is in the same vein as a discussion in the comments of our post about the death of Bradley Nakatani. A long-term financial commitment to the dependents left without that income is the LEAST we should be demanding from people whose irresponsible and criminal decisions lead to the death of another human being on our roadways.