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Published February 06, 2013, 05:12 PM

West Fargo infant’s death sparks bill to change drunk driving charges

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Some North Dakota lawmakers are backing a bill called "Brielle's Law" to dramatically change how the state punishes those caught drinking and driving.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Some North Dakota lawmakers are backing a bill called "Brielle's Law" to dramatically change how the state punishes those caught drinking and driving.

It's named for Brielle Deutscher, the West Fargo toddler who died along with her parents in a head-on crash on I-94 in July.

A family member and a public service announcement are being used to drive the message home.

"The North Dakota Highway Patrol says Alcohol was a factor in a crash that killed four people."

Tom Deutscher, Family Killed in Crash: “The last thing I said to them was I love you and drive carefully.”

"The only one that pulled into our driveway that night was a Highway Patrolman and Chaplin. Instead of celebrating a family reunion, we were planning a family funeral."

Deutscher: "It's been said that when a parent loses a child, a little bit of them dies with them. I can tell you for a fact that is true. I have spent the last eight months trying to hold together what remains of my family because of a senseless and preventable act."

"They met at 75 plus miles per hour each. Everybody was instantly killed."

Deutscher: "Some say our laws are already tough enough and our jails are already full. I would argue, they aren't strong enough and our cemeteries are full. This bill, 1302, is both aggressive and progressive and in my opinion, long overdue."

"My message is, just don't do it. Don't do it.”

The DUI bills would increase fines and jail time for those found guilty of drunk driving.

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