ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — A proposed bill would toughen North Carolina’s drinking and driving laws. A dad in Rockingham County is working with state lawmakers to help make sure no family goes through what he’s gone through.
Kevin London lost both of his daughters in one night to a drunk driver. Taylor was 23 years old and Meredith was 18 years old. Almost two years ago the sisters were riding with a friend in Eden. Police say the driver of the car had been drinking and that’s what caused her to crash into a tree, killing Taylor and Meredith.
“To get what everybody has always heard, that doorbell ring — it’s devastating,” explains London. London’s pain is now part of his passion. He is doing whatever he can to help end drunk driving.
Currently if a driver is convicted with a blood alcohol level of .15 or higher they are required to get an interlock ignition and restricted driving privileges. An interlock ignition is a Breathalyzer device that is installed in a car. A proposed bill wants the limit to be lowered to .08, which covers anyone convicted of a DWI.
“I think it’s a step in the right direction, to help make a statement, to say we’re not going to allow this,” says London.
This dad holds on tight to the memories and he’s made it his mission to help other families have more time together. “It completely changed my life. I feel like I can’t let it happen to someone else,” says London.
The driver of the car, Taylor White was charged with a DWI.
The proposed bill is in the committee.