With The Holiday Season Here Officials Say DUI Arrests Are Increasing

By: Jon Sonnheim Email
By: Jon Sonnheim Email

With the holiday season already here, a Perry County Judge and state police say they're seeing an increase in DUI arrests.

They also say they're cracking down on the dangerous and deadly crime.

It took only two hours in district court, but person...after person...after person...after person... was brought in front of Judge Leigh Anne Stephens, on driving under the influence charges.

"A lot of times they say hitting them in the pocket book will deter it, but it doesn't seem to have any effect," Judge Stephens said.

One defense attorney says Stephens is one of the toughest judges on DUI's that he's worked with in the region.

By setting high bonds and trying to crack down on the repeat offenders.

"We pursue DUI cases, we don't dismiss DUI cases, we impose penalties in DUI cases, but it seems like we still have DUI cases," Commonwealth Attorney Elect Teresa Combs Reed said.

A frustrating trend, during a holiday season that police say is traditionally filled with drinking and driving.

"A lot of times that's true, nothing does happen. But sometimes awful things happen. Tragedies," Reed said.

Like to Kathy Ivey's two daughters in 2005, one a recent high school graduate, one a recent veterinary school graduate
both, hit by an alleged drunk driver.

"My children were lucky, they lived. Few scars, few sensitive areas," Ivey said.

"Drunk driving is something we can't tolerate," Ivey said.

It's also something police and judges are ready to stop.

State police say they are working with local law enforcement to put an extra emphasis on catching drunk drivers this holiday season.


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