'Laura's Law' aims to crack down on drunken drivers

Posted February 8, 2011

— State lawmakers unveiled a new bill Tuesday to keep habitual drunken drivers off the roads longer.

"Laura's Law" is named for 17-year-old Laura Fortenberry who died in Gaston County in July. She was riding with friends when an oncoming car crossed the center line and slammed into their vehicle, according to authorities.

Howard Pasour faces a second-degree murder charge for the crash. He has a history of drunken driving convictions and had two pending driving while impaired charges, according to court records.

Rep. Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, announced legislation Tuesday that calls for tougher prison sentences and restrictions for repeat drunken drivers.

Laura Fortenberry 'Laura's Law' aims to get tougher on drunken drivers


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  • james27613 Feb 9, 2011


    What I am saying is there is no difference if I kill a stranger walking on the sidewalk or if I run him over with my car if I am DUI DWI.

    My point was these DUI DWI are getting off too easy.

    Impound the car for 30 days, $5,000 fine for fist offense,
    yes it is a lot of money but it will teach them a lesson,
    no money to pay the fine, we sell the car at impound lot.

    The repeat offenders are not accountable, they keep driving while intoxicated, without license and insurance.

  • sjohnson1 Feb 9, 2011

    I'm just wondering how many of the latest comments come from people who know what it is like to have your loved one murdered by a drunk driver? And yes, I did say murdered. My mother and her friend were killed by a repeat offender on April 26, 2008 and the pain it has caused me is unspeakable. He, the murderer, is serving 18 to 22 years for 2 counts of second degree murder but it isn't enough for what he has done...

  • Mugu Feb 9, 2011

    MADD is a joke, this law is a joke.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Feb 9, 2011

    If you're pro-murder for drunk driver deaths.... please tell me why ALL drunk drivers wouldn't be charged with Attempted Murder.

    And if you complain about the revolving jail/courthouse door...are you prepared to increase your money to them (the government) and other programs that help reduce crime?

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Feb 9, 2011

    james27613, walking over and shooting someone is intentional and premeditated (planned) murder. Are you saying that Drunk Drivers seek out random people, who happen to be out on the street, and then intentionally run into them with their car?

    We already have manslaughter laws to deal with these types of deaths. We don't need more and more and more laws...and certainly NOT from the so-called "less government" party.

    Why would we water down 1st degree murder charges?

  • ConcernedNCC Feb 9, 2011

    I'm with dang_skippy.

  • dang_skippy Feb 9, 2011

    Here's how to solve the issue:

    Get stopped for drunk driving and blow .09 or higher

    1. Car you are driving is impounded, Daily $5 price on the impound, 30 days minumum.
    2. 1 week MANDATORY jail term
    3. $500 Fine
    4. Lose license for 3 months
    5. Breathalyzer in car for 2 years 6. Follow current procedures

    SECOND TIME: ----------------------------- 1. Car you are driving is impounded immediately, Daily $50 price on the impound, 60 days minumum. 2. 1 MONTH MANDATORY jail term 3. $5000 Fine 4. Lose license for 1 year 5. Breathalyzer in car for 4 years 6. Follow current procedures

    THIRD TIME: ------------------------

    1. Car you are driving is impounded immediately, Daily $50 price on the impound, 60 days minumum. 2. 1 YEAR MANDATORY jail term 3. $10000 Fine 4. Lose license permanately 5. Breathalyzer in family car for 4 years 6. Follow current procedures

  • sunflowerbubbles Feb 9, 2011

    Sorry for all's loss, but good luck with this passing of the law...

  • Go Figure Feb 8, 2011

    Okay, here is food for thought.

    My new car starts without a key being inserted into the ignition, the "key/fob" just has to be IN the car for it to continue to start/run. That being, if I were ever carjacked and the keys were in my pocket or pocketbook, I could get out of the car and the car would eventually STOP. Hence foiled carjacker.

    Do something like that in every car or every drunk's car. If the car "senses" alcohol on the drivers breath, let the car start, but stop all of a sudden and not start again.

  • 1 awesome Dad Feb 8, 2011

    I hold a commercial drivers license and the limit for a CDL is 0.00 so therefore I have no trouble with drinking and driving and the peanalties are rather severe as well. So quit riding on a victims memory and make what is good for one good for all and remove the nonsense of the .08 and lets all ride under the same rules and regulations and we will get home a lot safer than we are now.

    I know I know no one wants to hear that but isnt it the truth if 0 toloerance means no more driving if you are over 0 then car insurance rates can go down, court time will lessen, and we all can move on to something else like texting and driving.