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College Students to Legislature: Stop Drunk Drivers

Posted April 22, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Last week, 1,600 high school students demonstrated in front of the legislative building in Raleigh. This week, it's college students who want lawmakers to hear their plea for tougher penalties against drunk drivers.

Many of the students had stories of personal tragedy which motivated them to seek out lawmakers. Students from Wake Forest University faced legislators with the story of two classmates who were killed by drunk drivers.

Jonathan Perry said the deaths affected an entire college community.

Wake Forest President Thomas Hearn said the young women who were killed were deeply mourned.

University leaders from Wake Forest, Duke, UNC and NC State have joined students and Lt. Governor Dennis Wicker in backing a tough DWI package which includes longer sentences, treatment while imprisoned, and impounding vehicles driven by drunk drivers.

Student Jayme Head says with student representatives visiting each lawmaker, they're bound to have a strong, positive effect.

Tuesday morning, a House committee approved the DWI package and sent it to the full House for a vote.

A Senate committee is still considering the bill.