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Published July 29, 2013, 06:59 PM

Advocate for tougher DUI laws calls for resignation of State Senator Joe Miller

A man who helped put tougher drunk driving laws on the books in North Dakota is asking Senator Joe Miller to resign after he pleaded guilty to driving under the influence.

By: Cynthia Johnson, WDAZ

A man who helped put tougher drunk driving laws on the books in North Dakota is asking Senator Joe Miller to resign after he pleaded guilty to driving under the influence.

Lynn Mickelson sent an email to Miller on July 2nd. Mickelson says he's disappointed with Miller, but Miller still says he doesn't plan to step down. Lynn Mickelson's daughter Allison died in a head-on collision July 6th of last year. Allison's husband Aaron, and the couple's 18 month old daughter Brielle died as well.

Allison was also four months pregnant at the time of the fatal accident. The drunk driver was also killed. He had a blood alcohol level of .25. Allison's father, Lynn Mickelson, was a major force behind the new DUI law named after his granddaughter, Brielle. "Brielle's law" significantly increased the penalties for drinking and driving. Miller pleaded guilty to a DUI in July.

In 2007, Miller pleaded guilty to a reckless driving charge for having an open container in his car. Despite Mickelson's plea, Miller says he feels it's only right to continue to serve out his term, saying that resigning would be "an easy way out"

Senator Miller says the majority of his constituents support his decision not to resign. Mickelson says Miller is fortunate not to have injured anyone.

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