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House panel rejects DUI memorials bill

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho already has plenty of informal memorials to highway fatalities, erected by grieving family members. But the state isn't slated to get an official, state-sponsored program to honor those killed by drunk drivers, after a House panel rejected the proposal on Wednesday. Democratic Rep. Shirley Ringo of Moscow brought the plan to the House State Affairs Committee, saying erecting signs to remember victims could warn people about the dangers of driving while drunk. Ringo was asked to promote the bill on behalf of former Rep. Rep. Tom Trail, who lost a family member in such an accident. But committee members including Rep. Eric Anderson of Priest Lake worried a proliferation of signs, especially on rural highways where drivers are already on the lookout for wildlife, could be a dangerous distraction.


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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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