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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 9, 2017 03:57 PM
From: Senator John P. Blake
To: All Senate members
Subject: “Shane’s Law” - Immediate License Revocation for Serious D.U.I. Offenses
In the near future, I will introduce legislation to reduce the number of certain D.U.I. offenders on the road while they await trial. The legislation would immediately revoke driving privileges from the time an offender is formally charged until the resolution of a trial, in the following circumstances:
  • If a driver kills or seriously injures someone while driving under the influence, or
  • If a driver is charged with D.U.I. and had passengers 13 years and younger in the vehicle.
I am introducing this legislation in memory of a young constituent, Shane Rivenburgh, who was killed by a motorist driving under the influence in the spring of 2016. While the measures suggested above would not have prevented Shane’s tragic death, it could save the lives of others in situations where the offender has dependency or addiction issues and continues to operate a vehicle. This bill was the selfless request of Shane’s grieving mother, terrified at the thought of such an offender remaining behind the wheel in the often-protracted period leading up to a trial. This senate bill will carry Shane’s high school baseball number “16,” as he was a talented pitcher; beloved son; and friend to so many.

Introduced as SB16