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Anti-DUI measure gets preliminary OK in Senate

The Senate on Thursday gave preliminary approval to a bill increasing the penalty for causing serious bodily injury by driving while intoxicated.

SB63, known as "Becky's bill" for accident victim Rebecca Gallagher, makes such an offense a third-degree felony, resulting in a maximum sentence of five years in jail."Currently in Utah, you almost have to die before you can do any prosecution" of a drunken driver who causes a serious-injury accident, said the bill's sponsor, Senate Minority Leader Scott Howell.

Gallagher died last November 11 days after being hit by a drunken driver. The man who caused the accident initially was released.

If in effect at the time, the proposed law would have given law enforcement officials the ability to hold the man due to the serious nature of the injuries he caused.