LMPD: Woman facing 3rd DUI offense after nearly hitting car head-on

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by Alex Schuman

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 10, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 10 at 6:30 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Tiffane Trice went before a judge Tuesday morning after getting her third DUI. 

She is adding to a growing statistic released by Louisville’s Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Lois Windhorst, the group’s founder, said the number of crashes involving a DUI is up 28 percent from last year.

Some, including Trice, are repeat offenders.  Trice already did jail time and lost her license, but allegedly on Monday morning none of those things stopped her from almost hitting a parent driving with two kids head-on.

Instead, Trice sideswiped the car at the intersection of E. Indian Trail and Poplar Level Road.  She got out of car and started staggering around the street until police arrived.

“Me as a mother, it… it just sickens me that someone else would go out, and drink and drive,” Maureen McFarren, a mom said.

Windhorst believes Trice would have been stopped if the law forced offenders to use an ignition interlock.  The device forces drivers to pass a breathalyzer test before they can start their car. 

“I found out a long time ago, if take their license away…they’re gonna drive anyway,” Windhorst said.

She started lobbying the state legislature to change the law in 2010, and plans to go back again in 2014.  Windhorst hopes the rise in crashes will act as proof more must be done, and trying something different will let repeat offenders and those who share the road drive safely.

“Our goal has always been to reduce fatalities and injuries due to driving under the influence,” Windhorst said.  “And this is one of the tools our prosecutors, our commonwealth, needs in that toolbox.”

The judge called Trice a danger, and set her bond at 1,000 dollars with the condition she does not drive.

 

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