Probation violation could be last strike for DUI driver
The laws regarding drunk driving in Missouri are considered by some to have room for improvement. While the state has been passing a few bills over the years in an attempt to cut down on deadly DUI crashes, this is still not enough to those who wish to tighten laws and make penalties harsher.
At the forefront of these changes is an upcoming Missouri probation case, which has Mothers Against Drunk Driving up in arms. The case itself focuses on a drunk driver who broke his probation in April of this year. Reportedly he failed 11 drug tests, which violates his 5 years of probation, as the deadly accident itself occurred in the year 2015. That accident took the life of a woman.
However, many people now believe that this violation should be the last straw, and that the driver should face more severe consequences for breaking his probation, as they say it shows that he has little remorse for his actions in the past. The prosecution has filed a motion to revoke the probation, which could land him behind bars for up to 10 years if it is approved. MADD has put together a petition in support of that motion and is seeking 5,233 signatures.
Drunk driving takes the lives of many loved ones every year, and has vast negative impacts on those left behind. Anyone who has lost someone to a drunk driver, or who has been involved in an accident themselves, may wish to contact an attorney to see what steps they should take next.