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Lack Of DWI Prosecution 'Discouraging' For MADD

Updated: Tuesday, August 5 2014, 10:40 PM CDT

Jail is where many people think drunk drivers should be. Beyond the initial arrest however, many won't ever see the inside of a jail cell again. That's something the APD Chief Art Acevedo says needs to change.

He said it in April at an April press conference at APD headquarters. "People are killing people drunk driving. They get probation and slaps on the wrist," Chief Acevedo charged. He expressed his frustration with that again on Tuesday.  "Someone in a very violent crash and takes the life of innocent people and they get probation -- that's outrageous!" he exclaimed.

Chief Acevedo says consequences for drinking and driving should not stop with the initial arrest. In many cases however that is what's happening.

"I think it's discouraging," said Angela Tidwell. She's with Mothers Against Drunk Driving. She says her organization sees it all the time. "Law enforcement officers are reporting and they have evidence that show that the person was intoxicated but the cases are still being dismissed," she says.

So why does it happen? There is no clear answer. What is clear, at least for MADD, is stopping the problem before another life is lost.

"A lot of the fatality cases that we're seeing that are alcohol related they have had prior DWIs," Tidwell said.

Acevedo added, "The next time it may be you."

By Melanie Lofton

Lack Of DWI Prosecution 'Discouraging' For MADD


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