Emma's Law Gaining Support


By Rochelle Dean


Two separate families affected by the impact of deadly dui related crashes, went before Columbia City Council members Tuesday night to ask for support as they push for Emma's Law to pass in the Senate sub committee Thursday morning.

Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins, still mourning the loss of his 3 year old Grand-Nephew, Josiah Jenkins after the car he was riding in was struck by a suspected drunk driver last week. David and Karen Longstreet, lost their 6 year old daughter Emma as they headed to church back in 2011.

In both cases, authorities say the driver's involved in the collisions had prior alcohol related offenses.

Different cases, but both families say similar outcomes and now they are hoping together they can get Bill137 to pass in the house - making it tougher for first time offenders.

The law would not only impose stiffer fines but would also make it mandatory to install ignition interlock devices the driver of a car would have to use throughout their ride, not only when they start their vehicle.

Chief Jenkins and David Longstreet are slated to hold a news conference Thursday morning on the steps of the state house to respond to the outcome as soon as the Senate Sub Committee concludes.

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