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Tougher Legislation Wanted for Repeated Drunk Drivers

February 10th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

The Baltimore City State’s Attorney and relatives of a man killed in a drunk driving crash came to Annapolis last week to send a message to lawmakers that the state should enact tougher penalties for those convicted of repeat drunk driving offenses and accidents that cause injury or death. Jim Wade’s brother-in-law was Thomas Palermo the cyclist killed in late 2014 in a hit and run accident caused by former Episcopal Bishop Heather Cook. In September, Cook pleaded guilty to auto manslaughter, DWI, driving while texting and leaving the scene of accident. In October, she was sentenced to seven years in prison. Under current law, repeat drunk drivers face sentences of anywhere from three-to-ten years in prison. The bill before lawmakers would increase the maximum sentence to 15 years. Mosby says the bill is badly needed…





 

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