December 10, 2008

California Man Charged with Drunk Driving in Bicyclist's Death Has History of DUIs

According to an article in the San Diego Union Tribune, a man charged with hitting and killing a bicyclist last week has a history of drunk driving convictions in California and New York.

The man was charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, hit-and-run driving causing death and two counts of drunk driving.

MADD's recently released State Progress Report revealed:

  • Californians share the road with 310,971 drunk drivers with three or more DUI convictions
  • More than 44,200 of those drivers have five or more DUI convictions

People continue to drive drunk because they can. Studies have shown that ignition interlocks are an average of 64 percent effective in reducing repeat drunk driving offenses. Contact your lawmakers and urge them to support ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers.

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