Houston Matters

How Should the Law Treat Repeat Drunk Drivers?

We’ve previously discussed on our program how pervasive drunk driving is in Harris County and ways in which law enforcement and courts are trying to crack down. But what do we do about repeat DWI offenders — those who, after initial interactions with law enforcement and the court system and despite whatever punishments are handed […]

Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaWe’ve previously discussed on our program how pervasive drunk driving is in Harris County and ways in which law enforcement and courts are trying to crack down. But what do we do about repeat DWI offenders — those who, after initial interactions with law enforcement and the court system and despite whatever punishments are handed down, drink and drive again and again? Would harsher penalties issued sooner make a difference? Based on data from 2015, there were 6,600 inmates in Texas prisons because of DWI convictions. Is prison the answer?

We discuss the options available for addressing, treating and (ideally) reducing the number of repeat drunk driving offenders in Texas with Criminal Court and SOBER Court Judge Diane Bull, and Assistant District Attorney Alison Baimbridge, who heads up the Harris County DA’s Vehicular Crimes Division. We welcome your thoughts, as well.

Share