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Petitioning Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane

25 year MINIMUM sentence for vehicular homicide caused by drunk drivers

ONE DEATH EVERY 48 MINUTES in the United States is caused by an alcohol impaired driver! The VICTIM of a crash caused by a drunk driver often faces a life sentence and in some cases a death sentence!  The offender/the DRUNK DRIVER spends very little time in jail.  PLEASE HELP CHANGE THIS!  
MAKE 25 YEARS THE MINIMUM SENTENCE!!!!!!

Letter to
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane
ONE DEATH EVERY 48 MINUTES in the United States is caused by an alcohol impaired driver!
The victim of a drunk driving crash is given a life sentence. My 9 year old nephew suffered traumatic brain injury when the car he was riding in was struck by a drunk driver.
In the instance of vehicular homicide caused by a drunk driver, the victim is given a death sentence. My sister, Christine Beilstein was KILLED in that same crash. However; the offender rarely receives a comparable sentence. In my sister's case, that drunk driver only received a sentence of 5-10 years. That drunk driver struck and killed my sister at 1:00 in the afternoon, driving a tow truck/without a license, and having an arrest record dating back a dozen years including multiple drunk driving offenses.
In 21 US states the sentencing guidelines start at ZERO!
The highest minimum sentence is in Tennessee where the sentencing range is 8-60 years.
ONLY one state, N. Dakota has a possible maximum penalty of Life in prison.
This is a sad statement from our judicial system. Diminishing the value of one's life as the minimum penalty for taking that life is NOTHING. Sentencing guidelines for Vehicular Homicide caused by a drunk driver should, at a very minimum, start with no less than 25 years imprisonment.
Every state should have LIFE Imprisonment as the maximum penalty for vehicular homicide caused by a drunk driver!
If YOUR loved one was killed by a drunk driver - what penalty would you want?
I urge you to please sign this petition. Please ask everyone you know to sign this petition.
ONE DEATH EVERY 48 MINUTES
Thank you,
Debbie Solko