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Mother pushing for tougher laws after son's death

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FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - A tragedy involving a 6-year old boy is the motivation that keeps a central Kentucky family going back to Frankfort, pleading for tougher DUI laws.

Stephanie Wardrip hopes no other mother has to tell a story similar to hers.

Her son, Branson, was in a car with his grandparents, on their way to eat when a drunk driver hit them more than 8 years ago.

Stephanie spoke about her last few minutes with Branson, "He and I were alone in the room together and for the last time I kissed his face, I covered him with his favorite blanket and I put his teddy bear under his arm to keep him safe. I kissed that little boy for the last time and then the casket was closed."

Branson's death is also why Stephanie's father, David Warner has been relentless in his fight to get House Bill 32 passed.

They asking for stricter punishments for DUI offenders.

The lawmakers pushing the bill call the proposed changes common sense.

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