It is shocking to think that an driver with an extensive record for DUI still had his license and was out driving under the influence yet again. The driver in this case hit two teenage brothers. An investigation showed he was still legally licensed to drive despite three previous DUI arrests.
It was January 17, and Jason and his mom had picked up his brother and girlfriend and were about to head home when the vehicle ran out of gas. The brothers hopped out to push it to the side of the road and were both struck by a drunk driver, 54-year-old Christopher Breza. One brother ended up under the vehicle that hit them, his right leg nearly severed.
Police arrested an inebriated Breza whose driving record showed this arrest would be the fourth for DUI. The man’s blood alcohol content after this accident was three times the legal limit.
One brother’s leg was saved. The other brother lost his leg to amputation. Their medical bills total over one million dollars.
Breza’s driving record shows three DUI arrests in 1987, 1988 and 1995. He was also arrested for refusing to take a breathalyser test, or urine or blood test on two other dates. His license had been suspended and revoked for a total of 15 years but he had been successful in getting his license back in 2005.
The major issue here is that even though when a DUI driver is convicted his or her license is revoked temporarily or for a lifetime, it is too easy for people to find a way to drive anyway. People with DUIs still have to carry on with their lives, pay bills, take kids or family or themselves to events or medical appointments and get to and from work. Law makers appear to be reluctant to permanently revoke a licence. But punishments under the current system can be ineffective. A new approach may be necessary to reliably keep serial drunk drivers off the roads.