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Ethan, Hailey and Bentley’s Law: Tennessee bill compels drunk drivers to pay victim child support

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In Tennessee, a bill requiring drunk drivers to pay child support for their victims is on its way to the governor’s office.

Known as “Ethan, Hailey and Bentley’s Law”, courts can determine the amount of child support on a case-by-case basis, depending on the circumstances surrounding the child’s living guardians.

The bill requires anyone found guilty of driving homicide due to intoxication or aggravated driving homicide, where the victim is the parent of a minor child, to pay compensation for each child up to that he is 18 years old and has graduated from high school.

The law was named after two cases involving Tennessee children whose parents were killed by drunk drivers.

If a defendant is unable to pay while incarcerated, they will have one year after release to begin payment.

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