On February 8, North Carolina legislators filed a bill named for a Gaston County teenager who suffered fatal personal injuries in an automobile accident involving a repeat DWI offender.


The bill, named Laura’s Law in honor of the victim, 17-year-old Laura Fortenberry, seeks to tighten restrictions on people who have prior convictions for driving while intoxicated.


Representative Tim Moore held a news conference on the morning of February 8 to announce the bill’s filing. He was joined by Reps. Kelly Hastings, John Torbett, and Harry Warren, in addition to Fortenberry’s mother.


In July, Fortenberry died in a crash. Troopers said that 28-year-old Howard Pasour crossed the center line on Dallas-Cherry Highway, near the intersection of White Jenkins Road, and collided with the vehicle Fortenberry was in.


Police arrested Pasour on charges of second-degree murder and DWI. The DWI charge was his fourth.

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