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A drunk driving fatality happens approximately every 40 minutes. The rate of alcohol-related accidents is 22 times higher than the death rate for American soldiers killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Why is a person with one, two or more DUI's allowed to get behind the wheel of a car? Is the system failing to protect us? Recently, Nick Adenhart, a pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, was killed in a crash involving an alleged drunk driver. But he wasn't the only person who lost his life. His friends Courtney Stewart and Henry Pearson were also killed, and Jon Wilhite was left in critical condition. Hear Courtney's mom, Carrie, tell the tragic story of how her only daughter was "murdered" by a man who was reportedly driving with a suspended license and had one DUI conviction. Next, Mary was in the car with her husband and 22-year-old son when they were hit by a drunk driver, and the young man was killed. Mary is now a representative for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Then, Dawn is a repeat offender with two DUIs. She spent a night in jail, had a breathalyzer installed in her car and paid over $12,000 in legal fees, but says she still occasionally drives after drinking. Will she put down the bottle after Dr. Phil gives her a wake-up call, and she meets Carrie and Mary? Also joining the discussion is Jeanine Pirro, a hard-hitting, lock-'em-up judge who says Americans should be outraged and repeat offenders should be locked up, and Neil Shouse, a high-powered DUI defense attorney who says people are overzealous in prosecuting drunk drivers. Are drunk driving laws harsh enough? You decide. And, do you know when you've reached the legal blood-alcohol limit? Dr. Phil gives you pertinent information so you know when you've tossed back too many. Join the discussion.

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Replied By: penpusher on Jul 4, 2014, 9:09AM
Anyone drinking and driving after hearing of such horrible things happening is asking for something to happen. the girl on the show is in total denial that she is doing something wrong.  NO ONE should drink and drive..,.EVER!   even after a couple of drinks your judgement is impaired.  my husband was a heavy drinker for years and i tried to get him to stop but couldn't. i now know i was an enabler not because i thought it was okay but because i should have given him an ultimatum. i was afraid he would be so hurt and would harm himself. how stupid is that?  he ended up stopping only because he was given an ultimatum from his boss and went to rehab but actually just stopped drinking immediately on his own.  the treatments kept him from doing it again.  he ended up with liver disease and recently passed away young from that. i now regret not making him stop sooner and blame myself for his illness at times however i know it wasnt my fault. he could have killed someone on the roads.  PEOPLE STOP DRINKING AND DRIVING!!!
 
Replied By: sunshinesgift on Aug 5, 2013, 9:07PM
I know I posted my story on Dr.Phil's Favorite Shows,but this topic is so very important to me that I want to post my story here also.I am a survivor of a drunk driving accident,NOT a victim.That is something I have to tell myself often also.Since I have already told my story once on this website,I will try and make it short.It was Nov. 23,2010,8:00 pm.I had dropped my 3 boys off at wrestling practice, and my daughter was at a friends house.While the kids were all busy doing their thing,I planned to pick up some last minute things for the holiday.I was on my way back to pick everyone up when the accident happened.This I was either told or I read about,because I do not remmeber the entire day.I was at a complete stop when a car driven by a 62 yr. old woman on her way home from work bartending at the local Eagals Club,ran into the back of me,this sent my car into oncoming traffic were I was hit again,that sent me back into my original lane,I was hit a 3rd time and then thrown out of the car.When they got to me I was unresponsive.I flatlined twice in the helicoptor on the way to shock trauma.I spent the next month in a coma,I missed all the holidays with my family and my youngest sons birthday.When I finally a woke I was moved to another hospital,and then another.I suffered life threatening injuries,my aorta was cut,and I suffered a perminant brain injury and I will never beable to work again.I was not even aloud to be discharded from the hospital until they were certain I had family to live with me.My husband and my kids live with me but I cannot live by myself ever and social security will not even send me my disability checks,I have to have a payee,my husband.I am only 42 yrs. old know.This is not something I should be having to deal with or my family.All because someone decided that they would drink while working.I do not see how that can be legal,but I cannot find a lawyer in the state of Maryland who will fight this for me.If anyone out their knows of anyone who will help me fight this,I only have until Nov. 23,2013,PLEASE help.Otherwise I will continue to fight this on my own.It will be slow,like I said I have a brain injury,but this is a battle I will not give up on until the day comes that I cannot battle anymore,and then I will battle for others,because in the end,no one should have to battle this hard when they are the "victim" ,that is a word I hate using but in this context I have too.In the end it always seems like they more money you have,the better lawyer you can buy to get you off for things that you do not even realize put other people at risk too.My accident happened right when my kids started to become old enough to drive.Know this has always been a sore topic for me because I have always felt that the driving age was to young.I always told my kids,I did not stop being a parent when they became 16,and it was not their driving I was most affraid of,it was the other people on the road.I could control their driving to a point,or atleast teach them the best I knew how to drive,but I could not control the other drivers on the road and their habits,and then my accident happened.I can count and so can my kids,on their hands,how many times they have seen me drink.So drinking and driving became a REAL part of their lives in an instant.They lady who hit me was a repeat offender,who was legally able to be a bartender and do her work release at the very bar she worked at,got drunk at,left when her shift was over,and hit me and in Maryland the only one responsible is her,that cannot be right and if it is,the law has to be changed!!
 
Replied By: lizzylov on Feb 14, 2013, 9:40AM
Drunk drivers get away with too much. In 2009 A drunk female hit me on my way home from work and put me in ICU. I had my knee shattered on my left leg and my right leg my heal was shattered and my ankle and on both sides and my tibia were broken. I wore 4 casts and in a wheel chair for a year. I had to use a walker for a while and then on a cane. I was left disabled. The pain is so bad just to stand on my legs. I did not heal well and so now this is my life.I was so upset that the judge gave me a talking to. She was sentenced to 3 years community arrest. she gets to leave jail everyday and go to work and then sleep in jail. She left me with $200,000 in medical bills. She had no insurance, no license and she apologized to the court. She was an educated woman, and I spoke and asked the judge if he could have her pay my medical bills. I explained that I was not able to work and I lost my residence, my car was totaled and on top of it all my grand daughter wrote a letter to the judge. He did not want to hear it. He said to me. "Don't you think she has paid enough"? I was shocked, she changed my life and Now I have to live on disability, I live on $730.00 a month. That does not cover my rent. What is wrong with our judicial system? How did she become the victim? I used to jump rope with my grand kids and play soccer, run and chase them around. Now I can walk for 15 minutes and the pain gets so intense I have to sit down. This was her 4th offense and she was charged with vehicular assault. It is not fair but the judges feel sorry for these people.
 
Replied By: revakussmaul on Oct 2, 2009, 12:44PM
I just finished watching Wedesday's show on drunk driving moms.


I'm astonshied and baffled why AA wasn't mentioned anywhere at all.


It's great that you're willing to spring for a rehab and perhaps the 12 step program is part of their agenda, however, what about those that you aren't going to pay for to go to rehab.


I CANNOT believe you didn't talk about AA for those who were watching and buying the BS that there's not a support system "out there for me" as Joanie claimed of her small town.  I refuse to buy that there are no meetings near her or did she even look or is she aware of AA?


These days there are phone meetings and on-line meetings.


It seemed as if Holly was going to mention AA because she said there was help out there and it was absolutely free.


I've been a sober member of AA for 11 years so I am pretty flabergasted that it wasn't even mentioned.


I would certainly be willing to talk to your producers about drunk driving (I was one for 30 years) and the success I've experienced in this program because I gave up my excuses (I had more than Joanie, BTW) as I started when I was 12 and got sober at 45.


If there's a reason you don't talk about the 12 steps I'd sure like to know what it is.



Reva Kussmaul

 
Replied By: dirkdagger on Sep 28, 2009, 8:45AM
I registered here for this subject, I don't know if it was this show but it was about two boys who drank and drive, and smoked weed. There is nothing wrong with drinking or smoking pot moderately. However, when you get behind the wheel of a car it is so very very wrong. I have never driven drunk or high, but I did hit a woman once with my car with my then fiancé. It was horrible. I kept on the speeding limit, I drove normally like I always do, but she crossed the street wrongly and she was in what we call in my country "my dead corner." So I could not have seen her. She was in intensive care for 3 days before I could finally visit. For 3 days what should have been my sort of careless 20s years experience in life was different. I woke up as I always did, had a great job and felt great, then it sank in those mornings "theres a woman in the hospital and she is there because of ME." (she was an old lady.) After those 3 days luckily she pulled trough. I brought her two dozen of the biggest boquets of flowers I could find. I was so glad she was alright. I can't even begin to imagine what this experience for me would have been like, and for her, if I had been drinking and / or speeding. And you can't imagine what this feels like unless you've been there. Any teens reading here: Do not drink and drive. What if you hit a kid with your car? Or any person for that matter, and kill them? It was because I kept to the speeding limit that we made it, it was because I hadn't been drinking or speeding. Only this made it possible for all of us to continue our lives. Drive responsibly! Use your full attention every second while you drive! And do not use cell phones in the car either!! It can destroy lives!!
 
Replied By: toddie on Aug 6, 2009, 4:08AM
As another Australian who is dumbfounded by  the American publics cavileir attitude towards this hideous crime.  People make a conscious decision to drink, so therefore they should be held accountable for their actions. Australia only has a population of 21 million and we are as big as the US and unfortunately we still have up to 2,000 deaths a year on our roads,.  These are sometimes attributed to alcohol  and the other killer speed,  We have very tough rules here and there is an age group usually between 19 and 24 who continually flaunt the law by driving while intoxicated or on drugs or both. Such a waste of life, Dawn should visit a spinal unit or a burns unit where alcohol is the cause of their injuries. So sad to see someone who appears to be intelligent act so stupid.
 
Replied By: sonja_o on Aug 4, 2009, 9:04PM - In reply to davedigger
Hi
Here in Australia the legal limit is .05 and if you are a learner driver or on your provisional license ( which you must be on for 3 years...2 years on red p plates and 1 year on green p plates) it is zero alcohol.

When you are well over the limit, here they take your car keys and put you in jail, it is against the law and when you front a judge you instatly are classed as a criminal, and that's what you are. 

None of the people I know would dare drink and drive, quite frankly it's a mugs game if you do and no one has any pity for you if you end up behind bars.  Here in Australia they do not give you chances like you guys get.
 
Replied By: loudmouth222 on Aug 4, 2009, 7:39PM
Hi All,
I live in Australia and this show has just aired here.
The Blood Alcohol Limit over here is 0.05, the 0.08 makes it almost double for your limit which I find hard to understand, people at 0.05 already cause accidents and are impared in judgement so I wouldnt like to see what they are like at 0.08.
On what is called our "P's" a provisional licence the BAL is 0.00 and if you are caught driving with anything over whilst on ur P's your licence is taken away on the spot for a minimum of 3 months,we are on our P licence for 3years.
Also our test is a breath test, if this test is positive over the limit, the person is automatically taken to do a Blood test to determine alcohol in the system.
I believe we have now began to introduce new laws in the state which I live, which is automatic licence suspension and car removal for any driver over the limit.
 
Replied By: manusduggan on Jun 8, 2009, 8:27PM
Check out www.peopleallstars.com, click the Mariners logo and yu can help Maraih's Messengers ge teh word out that drinking and driving kills and it is murder. Mariah's Challenge is about our youth.
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Replied By: ritakau on Jun 7, 2009, 12:57PM
In a Minnehaha and Pennington counties in South Dakota, we have started the 24/7 Program.  If the person is convicted of drunk driving or drug violations, they may be ordered to attend the 24/7 Program.  For the next year or more, they are court ordered to go to the 24/7 center where they are tested by breathalyzer and/or urine test twice a day.  They have to pay $1.00 per test.  They have to do this twice a day, 7 days a week.  If they fail the breathalyzer and/or urine test, they are escorted to the jail.  If they fail to appear, a bench warrant is issued.    Obviously, the offenders also court ordered to have alcohol/drug evaluations and most often have to attend in or out patient treatments, but the 24/7 program helps them keep sober.  It is amazing how well this works.  It is a program that should be implemented everywhere.
 
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