June 10, 2009

Repeat Offender Dad Drives Son Home Drunk from Baseball Game

According to the Minnesota Star-Tribune, a 44-year old father on probation for a previous drunk driving offense was pulled over after leaving a local ballpark with his son. Officers administered a breathalyzer test and arrested the man after he registered a .375 blood alcohol concentration for DUI and child endangerment.

I can't think of a better reason to mandate ignition interlocks than in a situation like this. Had the court given this offender an ignition interlock as a condition of his probation, he couldn't have gotten behind the wheel of his car drunk. Thankfully police officers were able to pull him over before he could kill or injure his son or someone else.

To find out more about child endangerment, read MADD's report Every Child Deserves a Designated Driver.

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