The Arkansas Senate has approved legislation
that would allow prosecutors to charge drowsy drivers with negligent
homicide when they cause fatal crashes.
By a 23-2 vote, the Senate approved a bill that
would allow prosecutors to apply the charge to drivers in fatal crashes
if they have been without sleep for 24 hours or have fallen asleep at
the wheel after going without sleep for that long.
Republican Sen. Jason Rapert of Conway said he
proposed the legislation in response to fatal accidents in the state
that have been caused by drowsy drivers where prosecutors were unable to
The bill now heads to the House.
This is our Hot Topic. Should
drowsy drivers serve jail time for causing a deadly crash?