May 9, 2013
Motorists who repeatedly get behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated are a major problem in the United States. In fact, the non-profit organization, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, points out that roughly one-third of all convicted drunk drivers will eventually face a second offense.
In Roanoke County, a woman convicted of a fatal Virginia Drunk Driving Accident in 2002 was arrested for a second DUI offense. On May 18, 2002, the woman, who was underage at the time, failed to negotiate a curve in the road. She lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a tree. The impact killed her 15-year-old passenger.
According to WSLS News, the drunk driver served a short sentence in prison before being released. Now, roughly eleven years after her first drunk driving offense, she was arrested after being found under the influence behind the wheel again. She will face a 20-day jail sentence if convicted.
Such minor punishments leave little room to wonder why there are so many repeat drunk driving offenders. This also leaves many curious as to what action the government is taking to resolve the problem. Lawmakers are considering regulations requiring all drunken driving offenders to have an ignition interlock device installed on any vehicle they drive.
The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm recognize the dangers of drunk driving and ask motorists to never get behind the wheel after drinking.