Missouri Works To Reduce Repeat Drunk Driving Offenses
October 9, 2012
Repeat drunk driving offenders are a major problem. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) says that as many as one third of the individuals arrested across the country each year for driving drunk are repeat offenders. In Missouri, an advocate specialist for MADD says repeat drunk drivers affected as many as 75 percent of the Missouri car accident victims she represents.
Most recently, a 54-year-old repeat drunk driver from St. Louis, Missouri, was responsible for hitting and killing two young brothers in Pagedale. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch stated the accident happened Friday evening at the corner of St. Charles Rock Road and Salerno Drive when a 2001 Chevy Silverado struck the children as they crossed the street. The younger boy died at the scene while the older child was taken to the hospital and was last listed in good condition.
When the driver was arrested, investigators found he had a lengthy criminal history, including more than five prior arrests on DUI charges.
To combat the problem of repeat drunk drivers, the state of Missouri is considering stricter laws that would prohibit convicted offenders from driving in certain circumstances and that would require offenders to use ignition interlock systems.
The St. Louis Drunk Driving Lawyers with Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers are here to help if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a drunk driver.