Missouri Facing Serious Problem With Repeat Drunk Drivers
November 6, 2012
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) statistics show that one-third of those who are arrested for driving while intoxicated are repeat offenders. Furthermore, 70 percent of these individuals will continue to drive, even without a license.
This is a serious problem in St. Louis, as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch highlighted several recent cases of drunk drivers who were responsible for accidents that killed and injured innocent people. One case involved a 47-year-old Des Peres man who was sentenced following his fifth DUI on Friday. Police reports show the man fell asleep at the wheel while in the drive-thru line of a fast food restaurant and rammed into two other vehicles. He was arrested and found to have a blood-alcohol content more than five times the legal limit.
He was supposed to receive a minimum five-year prison sentence, as it was his second felony DUI offense, but lawyers struck a deal that allowed him to only serve four months in jail and an additional four years of probation.
Another St. Louis DUI accident occurred several weeks ago when a 54-year-old man with over 150 arrests, including 11 drunk driving charges, hit and killed a 4-year-old boy.
The St. Louis Personal Injury Lawyers with Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers understand the importance of holding drunk drivers accountable for their actions and are here to answer any questions if you have been hurt in an accident with a drunk driver.