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JANUARY 31, 2019
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REP. GUILLEN FILES BILL TO INCREASE PUNISHMENTS FOR INTOXICATED ASSAULT, MANSLAUGHTER
AUSTIN - State Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) filed legislation Friday that would increase punishments for intoxicated assault and manslaughter to deter drunk driving.
"Texas has the terrible distinction of leading the country in drunk driving deaths," said Guillen. " We must do everything we can to stop people from driving while intoxicated."
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), 1,438 people died in 2017 while driving drunk, accounting for 38% of all traffic deaths in the state. MADD ranks Texas 46th in the country for intoxicated driving safety and laws.
Guillen's legislation, HB 1086, would increase the classification of intoxicated assault to a second degree felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison. In cases of intoxicated assault against police officers, medical professionals, and firefighters on duty, the bill increases the classification to a first degree felony. Intoxicated manslaughter will be classified as a felony of the first degree, punishable by life in prison.
"No one should ever have to experience losing loved ones to a drunk driver," added Guillen. "This bill is a big step toward deterring people from getting behind the wheel after drinking."
Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at ryanguillen.com, facebook.com/representative.guillen, and twitter.com/ryanguillen