While people in Louisiana have for decades now heard about the dangers of drinking and driving, it seems that some people simply do not care about their lives or the lives of others. At least that is what one might be led to believe when learning about a person who repeatedly engages in this senseless and dangerous behavior. It can also be hard for people in the state to take seriously reports about legal and judicial crackdowns when they find out about a driver with multiple drunk driving convictions who is still allowed to drive.
Almost exactly one year ago, a 58-year-old woman died when a drunk driver hit her head-on after his vehicle went into her lane of travel. The man had been convicted of driving while under the influence offenses three previous times between 2001 and 2016. He was also convicted of another offense involving alcohol in 2014. His DWI convictions from 2001 and 2016 as well as the 2014 offense all happened in Texas, where he was from. The 2010 DWI occurred in Red River Parish.
A trial has recently concluded and the repeat drunk driver will now face 25 years in prison for the death of the woman. On one hand, it sounds positive that some action was taken but it also may be frustrating to the family of the woman killed to think that it took a death to crack down on this man's actions.
People who lose their loved ones at the hands of drunk drivers in Louisiana might want to talk with an attorney about how they may seek help.
Source: IberiaNet.com, "25-year term for vehicular homicide," Raymond Partsch III, April 3, 2018