MEDIA ADVISORY – Legislation in Memory of DUI Homicide Victim Deana Eckman To Be Re-Introduced in PA Senate, House

 

Bill fell just short of enactment last year, derailed by an unrelated medical marijuana amendment

WHAT: Senator Bob Mensch (R – Berks, Bucks and Montgomery) and Rep. Chris Quinn (R – Delaware) will be joined by the parents of Deana Eckman to announce the re-introduction of Deana’s Law in both the Pennsylvania Senate and House. The bill was on track to reach the governor’s desk last year when an unrelated amendment derailed its passage. The amendment would have exempted medical marijuana cardholders from DUI charges because of the presence of THC in their system.

Deana was killed on February 16, 2019 when the vehicle in which she was a passenger was struck head-on by an individual driving under the influence in Upper Chichester, Delaware County. The perpetrator pleaded guilty to his sixth DUI offense, third-degree murder, and other felonies in connection with her death.

Deana’s Law will increase the grading for repeat DUI offenders and require the imposition of consecutive sentences for third and subsequent DUI offenses. The Senate version of the bill will provide for the use of continuous alcohol monitoring devices throughout Pennsylvania.

WHO:

Senator Bob Mensch

Rep. Chris Quinn

Roseann & Richard DeRosa, parents of Deana Eckman (expected to speak)

Delaware County District Jack Stollsteimer (expected to speak)

WHEN: Friday, March 5, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.

 

For more information on Senator Mensch’s legislation, visit www.senatormensch.com.  State updates can also be found on Senator Mensch’s Facebook at facebook.com/PASenatorBobMensch/ or Twitter @SenatorMensch.

 

CONTACT: Madison Scarfaro mscarfaro@pasen.gov  (215) 541-2388