HB 944, HCA 1 -- DWI VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER
COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "do pass" by the Committee on Civil and
Criminal Law by a vote of 11 to 4, 1 present.
The bill defines and enhances the penalty for the crime of
vehicular manslaughter by an intoxicated person. Vehicular
manslaughter by an intoxicated person is defined as the
criminally negligent act of operating a motor vehicle while
intoxicated that causes the death of any person. The punishment
for vehicular manslaughter by an intoxicated person is
imprisonment for a term of not less than 10 nor more than 15
years. Under current law, the operation of a motor vehicle in
an intoxicated condition resulting in the death of another
person is deemed involuntary manslaughter which is a class C
felony. The maximum prison term is not to exceed 7 years.
The bill also requires a person convicted of or who has pled
guilty to 2 or more alcohol related municipal violations
involving a motor vehicle within one year to serve a minimum
sentence of 60 days incarceration.
HCA 1 -- Limits 60 day incarceration to offenders with prior
convictions for alcohol-related municipal violation involving a
FISCAL NOTE: Estimated Net Cost to General Revenue Fund of
$18,686 in FY 97, $22,998 in FY 98, and $147,214 in FY 99.
PROPONENTS: Supporters say that the bill will establish stiffer
penalties for intoxicated drivers convicted of manslaughter by
the use of a motor vehicle.
Testifying for the bill were Representative Smith; Brain Injury
Association of Missouri; and Mothers Against Drunk Drivers
OPPONENTS: There was no opposition voiced to the committee.
Michael Warrick, Research Analyst