AUSTIN (KXAN) – A Texas mother is calling for tougher DWI laws after her daughter was killed by a drunk driver. Nancy Pratt spoke Friday at the state Capitol as AAA and the Travis County Underage Drinking Prevention Program hosted the 3rd annual DWI March for Change.
“She loved people, there were no strangers,” Pratt said.
Brianne Pratt had just turned 20 and wanted to be a nurse, but those dreams came to an end two years ago when a drunk driver hit the Salado woman’s car head on.
“My husband won’t get to walk his daughter down the aisle or have that first father daughter dance,” Pratt added. “It’s very heart-wrenching, and I’m not the only one.”
The man who killed Brianne had two prior convictions. A bill Pratt is pushing for would require an ignition interlock device for first time convicted drunken drives. The device would prevent the car from starting if the driver has had too much to drink.
“If we would have had this interlock in place, he wouldn’t have been able to start that truck,” Pratt said.
“There are some lawmakers who say big brother this and big brother that, there’s no greater intrusion than to have someone get behind the wheel blow a red light and intrude into your passenger compartment as they kill you or your loved one,” said Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo.
The bill so far has moved out of a House committee.