12/12/2010

The crosshairs are on hard-core drunken drivers

Last year, more than 70% of all drunk-driving crashes involved hard-core offenders, either above 0.15% or with DUI history

By Larry Copeland
USA TODAY

WASHINGTON, DC — Marcia DiNatale of South Lyon, Mich., knew something was wrong that morning when her husband's office called to see why he was late for work. Donald, her husband of 23 years, had two passions: their family and his respiratory therapist job at Oakwood Annapolis Hospital.

DiNatale and her son-in-law drove along her husband's route to work, stopping when they saw what looked like a bad two-vehicle crash. She didn't know that one of those vehicles — a pickup driven by a man whose blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit to drive — had slammed into the back of her husband's car and had come to rest atop his car.

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