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Daughter fights to change teen DUI laws & attitudes

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - As authorities push to keep people from drinking and driving on Super Bowl Sunday, a local woman is on a mission of her own. She lost her mother to a teen drunk driver, and now she's working to change teen DUI laws and teens' attitudes.

Erin Limonchi beautifies the Santee memorial she created for her late mother Pamela Sue Marabeas, who was killed Sept. 20, 2009 by an underage drunk driver at Mission Gorge Road and Highway 125.

"It's very hurtful to know that for how hard she worked that she didn't get to see the fruits of that labor," Erin said.

The x-ray technician, who lived in San Diego for 31 years, was her family's rock, their shelter from the storm of life, when she was killed by a 17-year-old girl who essentially got a slap on the wrist.

"The time allotted to her was not significant enough that we feel was adequate enough for taking somebody's life," Erin said.

That's why she wants to change state law so juveniles can be tried in adult court if they're under the influence and create an accident resulting in injury or death.

"If you really injure or kill somebody, how is that going to weigh on you the rest of your life, how is that going to change your family members' lives and how is that going to change the lives of those who you inflicted the pain on?" Erin said.

The La Mesa woman is also pleading with San Diegans to not drink and drive this upcoming Super Bowl weekend.

"I personally don't think even drinking one drink and getting behind the wheel is acceptable," she said.

Erin says her mother would strongly support her efforts to get state law modified when it comes to juvenile offenders.

"If she were here and we were doing it in the name of somebody else, she'd be very proud and I know she'd stand behind me and want to actually get right by my side and fight for change with me," Erin said.

Erin says she's in the beginning stages regarding the creation of the law in honor of her mother. She says she has contacted at least one legislator who is willing to author it.

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