Advocates concerned; children found in vehicles during DUI arrests

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by Brittany Gonzalez

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 17, 2013 at 12:14 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 17 at 6:30 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Five adults in Kentuckiana charged with drinking and driving in the last month and each of them had at least one child in their vehicle, now advocates against drunk driving worry their arrests could be a part of a dangerous trend.

The most recent arrest came on Saturday when 75 year-old Dorvis Richburg was seen driving recklessly down the 3200 block of Garland Avenue.

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Police say Richburg hit four cars and had his six year-old great grandson in the front seat without a seatbelt on. According to a police report, Richburg had spilled bourbon on the driver's side floor.

Mother's Against Drunk Drivers says the number of children in vehicles with impaired drivers seems to be growing. The organization calls the action a form of child abuse.

According to M.A.D.D, the number of DUIs in Kentucky is up 20 percent from this time last year.

Advocates against drunk driving are working to get tougher measures in place to prevent the rise in drinking and driving incidents especially those

The Commonwealth of Kentucky does currently have a statue that increases the minimum sentence for impaired drivers if they have a child with them under 12 when they are arrested for driving under the influence. The state of Indiana does not.

Currently there is a nationwide campaign called Every Child Deserves a Designated Driver. It encourages parents to teach their children to recognize signs of an impaired driver to call for help.

Northern Kentucky State Representative Dennis Keene is expected to introduce a bill soon that would put ignition interlocks in repeat offender’s vehicles in an attempt to drop the number of DUIs.

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