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          DUI Outrage

          May 18, 2009

          A drunk driving fatality happens approximately every 40 minutes, and the victims are often innocent people. It’s been reported that a first time DUI arrestee has driven drunk approximately 87 times before getting caught, and one third of DUI arrests are repeat offenders. Why is a person with one, two or more DUI’s allowed to get behind the wheel of a car? Is the system failing to protect us?

           

           

          Innocent Victims 

          Recently, baseball pitcher Nick Adenhart was killed in a car crash involving an alleged drunk driver. His friend, Courtney Stewart, also died. Her mom, Carrie, tells the tragic story of how her only daughter was “murdered” by a man who was reportedly driving with a suspended license and had one DUI conviction. Mary’s 22-year-old son was killed when a drunk driver hit them. And Jeanine Pirro, a hard-hitting judge who says repeat offenders should be behind bars, and Neil Shouse, a high-powered DUI defense attorney who says people are overzealous in prosecuting drunk drivers, weigh in.

          “If he had been put away in the first place, these three kids would still be alive.”



          Drunk Behind the Wheel?
          Dawn has been charged with two DUIs. She spent a night in jail, had a Breathalyzer installed in her car and has paid over $12,000 in legal fees, but says she still occasionally drives after drinking.

           

          “I think the .08 limit is just ridiculous. It’s stupid.”



          A More Serious Issue?
          Dawn says she fears her drinking is out of control. She admits to getting behind the wheel blurry-eyed and barely able to see. Her friend, Travis, who often drinks with her, doesn’t think she has a problem. What does Dr. Phil think?

           

          “I don’t want you to go to jail.”


          A Wake-Up Call Dawn Won’t Forget
          With the help of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Santa Monica Police Department, Dr. Phil gives Dawn an up-close-and-personal wake-up call.

           

          Will the shocking scene make Dawn put down the bottle for good?

           

           
           

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