TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI)- There could be stiffer penalties for those who choose to drink and drive. It's a story News 10 has been following for you.
The house committee overwhelming passed Senate Bill 186. The next session is today.
Last month, News 10 introduced you to Senate Bill 186. The penalty for causing the death of another person when drunk behind the wheel would increase from a Level 5 felony to a Level 4 felony. That carries a prison sentence of up to 12 years.
It's now been two years since the Sanft family has been without Morgan Brittany Prichard. She was the young mother of three that died on impact in 2016.
Police say Dylan Thompson was driving under the influence and killed Prichard. A judge sentenced Thompson to six years, three were spent in prison. But, Prichard's family felt it wasn't enough justice.
"I want him to feel my pain," Teresa Sanft, Morgan's mother. "You just cannot kill another person and not go to prison. I thought they were going to lock him up and throw away the key."
The next session is on April 1. The law could go into effect on July 1.
Lawmakers last voted on the bill on March 27. That day marks the three year anniversary of Prichard's death and or what the family calls "Angelversary."