Delaware County Parents Renew Battle for Passage of Deana’s Law

State Sen. Bob Mensch with former PA Gov. Tom Corbett in 2013.
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State Sen. Bob Mensch with former PA Gov. Tom Corbett in 2013.

Parents of a Delaware County woman struck and killed by a repeat DUI offender two years ago addressed the Pennsylvania Senate Transportation Committee on Sept. 21st about Deana’s Law, writes Jon Campisi for

 Rich and Rosann DeRosa are fighting for passage of Senate Bill 773, known as Deana’s Law, named for their 45-year-old daughter, Deana Eckman.

The bill lays out tougher penalties for repeat DUI offenders.

The impaired driver who killed Deana was on parole for his fifth DUI at the time of the accident.

The bill is sponsored by Sen. Bob Mensch (R-24).

Of concern is a major flaw in the state’s DUI laws that allow concurrent sentencing for repeat offenders instead of consecutive sentencing.

“As a mother, I cannot fathom how Deana’s Law has not been passed,” Roseann DeRosa testified. “Everything has been done to water down and hinder this bill from passing.”

State Sens. John Kane and Tim Kearney, both from Delaware County, pledged their support for Deana’s Law.

“We admire your courage and your fortitude to fight for safety for other families,” Kearney told the DeRosa’s.  “We all deserve to be driving safely on our roads and be able to see our loved ones.”

Read more at about the latest on Deanna’s Law.


Here’s a news story when Deana’s Law was first introduced in the state Senate.

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