Mississippi has one of the highest rates of highway traffic deaths in the country.
It has been hit with more than a dozen lawsuits over the years, and it is the only state with a mandatory minimum of five years in prison for those convicted of driving while intoxicated.
A bill introduced this year by Rep. Dan McLeod would increase penalties for repeat DWI offenders and require people convicted of DUIs to undergo mental health evaluations.
“The most egregious drivers in this state have the highest accident rates and the highest injuries,” McLeod said.
“There’s no excuse for this.”
The bill has received broad bipartisan support in the Mississippi House, but some members have said they’re not ready to support it just yet.
In the meantime, Gov.
Phil Bryant has been pushing the state’s Department of Transportation to work more closely with local agencies to develop a statewide approach.
The DOT has not made any decisions about any new measures.
Mississippi was one of 13 states that passed laws last year that mandated mandatory minimum sentences for drivers who drink and drive.
The state’s law went into effect Jan. 1, and the majority of the counties that passed the law imposed the penalties after a study found that drivers who were convicted of DWI had higher rates of car accidents and serious injuries.
According to a recent report from the Center for Public Integrity, the Mississippi DWI conviction rate is the second highest in the nation.
And that number is likely higher, because it includes all cases in which the driver is not charged with a crime.
The DWI bill was introduced in April by McLeod, who has made several visits to the Mississippi Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to urge the department to take a more proactive approach.
McLeod has been outspoken in his criticism of the state Department of Public Safety and has called for its leaders to resign.
“What the DSP is doing is not just failing to provide effective and timely information to the public, it’s failing to properly train their drivers,” McLeods spokesman Chris Moore said in a statement.
“In my opinion, they’re doing the exact opposite.”
The state has been under the microscope since a new study released in February found that some drivers were still drinking and driving in the wake of the fatal crash that killed the two men.
The crash occurred on Interstate 40 near the state capitol in Hattiesburg, just days after Mississippi passed a law to toughen penalties for driving while impaired.
The report found that more than 5,000 people died on the interstate over the last 10 years.
The Mississippi Department for Highway Safety (DHS) has not released the results of the study, which found that the average driver who had a blood alcohol level of 0.17 percent or more was 10 times more likely to be involved in an accident.
“Drivers with a blood-alcohol level of .07 percent or above are three times more than drivers with a normal or less than normal blood- alcohol level, according to the study,” the report stated.
“We know that drivers with alcohol-related crashes are more likely than drivers who do not drink and are three-and-a-half times more at risk for being injured or killed in a crash.”
The study, titled Fatalities and Fatalities by Drivers Under the Influence, was released in response to a request from the Mississippi Democrat-Gazette newspaper.
It found that of the 2,300 drivers who died in the U.S. in 2016, more than 2,000 were killed by an impaired driver.
That number is nearly double the number of fatal crashes in Mississippi in 2015.
The DHS has released its first full report of the data it has gathered since the study was released.
The study was commissioned by the state to be released as a report to lawmakers, the governor, and civil rights leaders.
The department has not publicly released the data since March, but McLeod is hoping that the public will now be able to see the data.
“If you look at the number in the DSS report, they don’t have a very good picture of how many people have died,” McLewis said.
McLessee has been in a tight race to succeed Gov.
Bryant, who was appointed by President George W. Bush to fill the position.
McLeod was a key member of the GOP takeover of the House of Representatives in 2014, and he has also been outspoken about the need for a national effort to address the nation’s opioid crisis.
In his first full year in office, he signed legislation that was one step closer to his goal of expanding treatment and reducing the number who die from the drug.
In April, he introduced a bill to allow drivers with impaired driving convictions to receive drug testing.
The bill was supported by many Democrats, including McLeslie, who is running for governor in 2018.
The legislation also increased penalties for drivers convicted of DUI.
McLaurence said he believes the current administration has been too quick to focus on the