Cracking Down on Drunk Drivers

by Larry Little

Drinking and driving is a serious problem is some East Texas cities. "Drunk driving is one of our significant violations we enforce and we take it very seriously on the average weekend. We arrest anywhere from 3 to 7 for DWI," says Greg So well with the Nacogdoches Police Department.

Jimmy Smith used to ride a motorcycle, but he hasn't been on one in years, because of a first hand experience with a drunk driver. "The car took off and hit a car and hit me and of all mornings I didn't wear a helmet. When he hit me I flew across the top of my motorcycle and hit the top of his car and from there to the pavement," says Smith.

Authorities arrested the drunk driver, but while Jimmy spent the night in the hospital with serious head injuries. The driver walked away with a small fine and probation. "Everything else you do you get punished. There are people running around now with 2 or 4 DWIs and they are still driving and the people they hurt are laying up in the hospital, nursing, home or where ever, the system stinks," says Smith.

Some lawmakers in Austin agree and they are hoping to crackdown on drunk drivers by passing tougher legislation, starting with a bill that would give a drunk driver who hurts or kills a public servant 5 to 99 years in prison.