Thursday, July 03, 2008

Multiple DUI = Felony

I'm quite sure I once read, in a MADD (Mother's Against Drunk Drivers) publication, that a person normally drives drunk upwards of 100 times before they are stopped and charged with a DUI. That means 100 times they could have killed your newly licensed teen, your pudgy toddler, your pregnant sister, your elderly mom or your son that just returned from Iraq.

Needless to say, I was disgusted to see that it takes TEN DUI convictions to result in a felony. 1,000 times driving drunk...

"...A Bothell (Seattle) man earned his ninth drunken driving conviction Tuesday when a King County jury found him guilty of a new charge that could send him in prison for six years.

Last September, Karl Solid, 45, was the first person in King County to be charged under a law that took effect two months earlier, making a person's fifth DUI in a 10-year period a felony.

Solid's blood-alcohol level measured 0.28 percent -- more than three times the legal limit for driving -- after a Washington State Patrol trooper watched him swerve in and out of his lane on state Route 522 near Bothell.

Solid got his first DUI back in 1991, and "clearly, nothing has worked," Deputy Prosecutor Val Richey said Tuesday. "This law is a great tool for us to protect the community." (source)

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