Louisiana is known for its lively people and love of celebrating together whether at a backyard crawfish boil or at a formal holiday dinner party with extended family. However, people in Louisiana also know how precious life is and most residents act in ways that protect themselves and their loved ones. Unfortunately, there are always a few people out there who fail to consider the safety of others when making their choices. In the end, these people force others to endure tragedies and pain that should never be experienced.
The relatives of one woman from Slidell, Louisiana are some of the people who must now mourn the loss of a family member. The woman was only 23 years old when she was hit head on by a drunk driver on Thanksgiving Day this year according to the Clarion Ledger. She was actually one of three people killed in the crash as the drunk driver also died as did another driver from Alabama. The accident occurred along a stretch of Interstate 59 in Mississippi.
What makes this story even more tragic is that the drunk driver had only days before been released from custody on two occasions, one for her fourth driving under the influence offense and the other for a charge of public drunkenness.
The Chief Deputy Ward of Lauderdale County is noted as commenting on how hard it is to effectively crack down on drunk drivers because the court system moves so slowly. This fact puts innocent people in harm’s way for extended periods of time.