TOPEKA — Gov. Jeff Colyer signed into law a bill unanimously passed by the Legislature that paid tribute to a woman killed in a traffic accident by elevating Kansas’ criminal sanction against repeat drunken drivers.

Parents of Caitlin Vogel joined the governor Friday at the Capitol for a ceremony recognizing passage of House Bill 2439, also known as “Caitlin’s Law.” In 2016, Vogel, a Stilwell resident, was killed in Johnson County in a wreck caused by a man with a lengthy record of DUI offenses.

“We are so honored to have our daughter’s name attached to this bill,” Patti and Kevin Vogel said in a statement. “Caitlin’s Law will hold accountable the repeat offenders who have a blatant disregard for the restrictions placed on them for the privilege to continue to drive.”

Under the new law, sentences would be extended for conviction of aggravated involuntary manslaughter and aggravated battery in cases tied to death or serious injury resulting from crashes caused by someone previously convicted of a DUI or driving despite a suspended or revoked license.

The minimum sentence for aggravated battery related to a DUI crash will rise from the current 38 months to a new benchmark of 47 months. In addition, the minimum penalty for involuntary manslaughter under these circumstances goes from 62 months to 89 months.

Colyer signed the legislation on what would have been Vogel’s 26th birthday.

“What happened to Caitlin was a terrible but preventable tragedy, and we must do whatever we can as a government to try and prevent such deaths from happening in the future,” the governor said.

Blair Gordon, Vogel’s former soccer coach and friend, helped initiate discussion of changing Kansas DUI law.

“Nothing can be done to bring her back, but knowing that others might not have to endure the pain of the loss of a friend or family member at the hands of a senseless DUI accident offers those of us close to Caitlin some measure of closure,” Gordon said.

Vogel’s vehicle was broadsided by two-time drunken driving offender James McAllister, who had borrowed a vehicle not fitted with an alcohol breath testing device. He entered a guilty plea to involuntary manslaughter in 2017 and was sentenced to 108 months in prison.