Pa. bill would close loophole in DUI law

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Pennsylvania lawmaker has introduced legislation to close a loophole in the state’s DUI law.

Rep. Gerald Mullery (D-Luzerne) said his measure, House Bill 474, would ensure all victims of DUI accidents can be fully compensated for their injuries and damage to their property.

Mullery said under current state law, a victim of an accident where the drunk driver is convicted of a DUI or is placed in accelerated rehabilitative disposition may receive full tort coverage.

However, if the drunk driver dies as a result of the accident, the victim does not receive full tort coverage.

Mullery said in 2013, there were 11,041 alcohol-related crashes in Pennsylvania, and deaths in those crashes accounted for 32 percent of the total traffic deaths in the state.

He said of all the alcohol-related deaths, 77 percent were the drunk drivers.

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