Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:43:06 GMT — LEXINGTON, SC (WACH) -- Not a day goes by that David Longstreet wishes he could see the smile of his daughter Emma one more time, the six year old was killed by a drunk driver last year. "It's very difficult every day I have to drive through the intersection where she was killed. It's not like we were on vacation somewhere and it happened," said Longstreet. Investigators say Billy Hutto crashed into Longstreet??s car on New Year's Day of last year. Longstreet survived with some injuries, six year old Emma didn't. According to an arrest record it wasn't Hutto's first drunk driving offense, in 2009 he was charged with DUI. Since that day Longstreet has been lobbying lawmakers to make a change. "The way the law is set up it's allowing other people to curtail or slip under the laws to effectively hurt people," adds Longstreet. "It's possible had this law been in effect at that time that tragedy could have been prevented," said state senator Joel Lourie. Lourie is sponsoring a bill that would stop people previously convicted of DUI from getting behind the wheel after drinking. The proposed bill would require the installation of a mini breathalyzer in their car, requiring tests before and during operation to make sure the driver isn't impaired "About once every 60 days you're car will have to be serviced through a service center throughout the state and that recording will result in a violation," adds Lourie. Longstreet feels if this law was in effect before that tragic day, he would still have his daughter by his side. "I believe we would be doing gymnastics, participating in her school activities," said Longstreet. Businesses all over Lexington are selling bracelets in support of the bill and there seeing them fly off the shelves and onto wrists all in memory of Emma Longstreet "Create awareness like this understanding that there's things trying to be done and knowing that this may help that actually happen is a great thing," said Steven Macklen. According to deputies Billy Hutto remains is in jail on a 500,000 bond, he's facing multiple charges including felony DUI.
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