Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February 19, 2009
Senator Mary Easley
Child Endangerment Bill Heads to Senate
Easley has authored legislation amending the definition of
child endangerment to include parents or guardians knowingly letting
their children ride in vehicles operated by people who are under
the influence of drugs or alcohol. The Senate Appropriations Committee
approved Senate Bill 1138 Wednesday.
“To most parents, it’s common sense
not to let their children get in a vehicle with someone who is
drunk or impaired by another intoxicating substance, but unfortunately
there are those who don’t think about the consequences,”
said Easley, D-Tulsa. “This bill will help give our youngest
citizens more protection against such irresponsible behavior."
Under the bill, any driver over the age of 21 who
is found to have someone under the age of 18 with him or her in
the vehicle while being under the influence of drugs or alcohol
would be guilty of child endangerment by DUI. Those convicted
could face up to double the amount of the fine imposed for the
underlying DUI violation.
Any parent or guardian found under the influence
of drugs or alcohol with their child in the car would be guilty
of felony child endangerment, which is punishable with up to four
years imprisonment, a fine of $5,000 or both.
SB 1138 will now await consideration by the full
For more information contact:
Sen. Easley's Office: 405-521-5590