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Rally for tougher drunk driving laws in Vt.

Nick Fournier Nick Fournier

Montpelier, Vermont - March 23, 2010

Supporters of stronger penalties for drunk drivers rallied at the Vermont Statehouse Tuesday. They wore blue T-shirts emblazoned with the name Nick. Two years ago, Nick Fournier, 18, was killed by a drunk driver going the wrong way on Interstate 89. Shawn Burritt was on parole for his third DUI conviction and had a suspended license.

Friends and family of Nick Fournier want tougher drunk driving penalties. Some lawmakers support the move but bills have stalled in committee.

"This tragedy took Nick away from not only his family, his mother, father, brother, his grandparents, and all the rest of his large extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins, and his multitude of friends, but it took a young Vermonter away from us all," said Rep. Brian Savage, R-Swanton.

This is the third Statehouse rally in honor of Nick Fournier and supporters say they will return every year until a new law is passed.

Kristin Carlson - WCAX News

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