Series to Focus on DUIs

By: Jessica Dealy Email
By: Jessica Dealy Email

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, there have been almost 2,800 DUI-related deaths in Mississippi for this decade.

In a three-part series starting Tuesday, Newscenter 11 takes a behind-the-scenes look at apprehending drunk drivers, along with surprising information you may want to hear before getting behind the wheel after having just one drink.

"The State of Mississippi has a per se .08, which basically means if they are a 0.08 or above they are considered impaired," said Deputy Kris Cokel of Lauderdale County DUI enforcement. "A person could be under and still be impaired, simply shown by their performance on the field sobriety test, driving history and things such as that."

A local judge also speaks about the legal consequences of a DUI charge. We'll also hear from a mother who knows the loss of a child to a drunk driver.

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  • by Joyce on Feb 12, 2010 at 08:09 AM
    When a person sets in about how bad the cops are or what a particular cop did to their friend, one question always pops into my mind. "Wonder what they do that is illegal?" There are a few cops that are bullies... there are a few bullies in every profession. I know the deputy in question, too. I know that he sincerely worries about the safety of his kids - and yours. Anon2 - you're right, there are fewer people on the roads late at night, but about 40% of them are drinkers. Another 40% are kids out on dates, etc. I don't see any problem with a field sobriety test being used to write a DUI. Blood alcohol levels arent as accurate as these often are in my opinion. Different people function differently at each level of alcohol consumption. If you cant walk a straight line and touch your nose, you shouldnt be driving. If you drink at all, you shouldnt be driving. Finding a designated driver may be inconvenient. However, getting your child back after a drunk driver kills them is impossible.
  • by sara on Feb 9, 2010 at 07:04 PM
    john boy and brittany yall got it right... when the people who get upset about dui arrest either kill someone or have a loved one taken from them because of a drunk driver .. then maybe they will get it ...
  • by John Boy Location: Meridian on Feb 9, 2010 at 03:24 PM
    Years ago a friend of mine killed himself in a single car accident because he was drunk behind the wheel of his car. Thankfully noone else was hurt. Had he been caught at a road block and arrested for DUI his wife would not be a widow. If you drink and drive you are a fool, to complain about the law trying to stop you from killing innocent people for your foolishness is just stupid.
  • by Anonymous2 Location: Meridian on Feb 9, 2010 at 02:47 PM
    First of all, I'd like to say that driving while impaired is wrong. But hunting on a baited field is also wrong. It's sad to leave an establishment at night and see 7 or 8 patrol vehicles waiting to catch a drunk driver. Shouldn't they be patroling our neighborhoods where shots are being fired and home invasions are occurring? There's less people on the roads and more people at home at that time of night anyway. The deputy who was quoted in the story pulled a friend of mine over and took 30 minutes to make him blow on the breathilizer 7 times. He had had 2 beers and never blew anywhere close to .08. I sure hope someone's home wasn't robbed during that time?
  • by What? on Feb 9, 2010 at 01:32 PM
    There are no "rewards" for DUI arrests. There's also no money won either. I really hope you never have to suffer the fate of losing someone to a DUI driver. be safe out there.
  • by Brittany Location: Marion on Feb 9, 2010 at 01:28 PM
    lets see... people complain when police dont do their job and then when they try and keep the innocent people who choose to not drink and drive safe.. they get put down for that too. Believe it or not you cant please everyone all of the time. if you have a problem with getting a DUI, then drink your beer wine or whatever but heres the clincher DONT DRIVE! i mean the police are not taken your right to drink away they are trying to keep you off the road and other people safe. who cares if they compete on who gets the most DUI's . the fact is , if people didnt consume and then drive, it would not be a problem in the first place. the only people who are mad about this is the idiots that drink, get caught and then swear it wasnt their fault. try blaming yourself for a change.
  • by anymous Location: Meridian on Feb 9, 2010 at 12:30 PM
    Not to mention the money won on who gets the most DIU's in one night. That is what's a crock. I drove from Columbus MS one Sat. night "sober of course" seen 6 cops from there to Lauderdale. That's were I was pulled over for a TAG light being out. First question "You been drinking tonight sir" And then told me one was working so I should be alright.
  • by veterab Location: lauderdale county on Feb 9, 2010 at 11:47 AM
    Here is a group of people trying to keep our highways safer, and already people are badmouthing it. They havn't even run the special yet, and without seeing it, some are already saying that it is a crock. Grow up people, stop being the rednecks that you complain being portrayed as, no wonder every time we see something about Mississippi on tv or in a movie that is what they show us to be. Look at the stats, we have the most DUI deaths than any state in the union, I think we need to do more and support groups like this.
  • by Frankie on Feb 9, 2010 at 11:02 AM
    Come on, it is not politically correct to speak against the power of the government.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2010 at 07:38 AM
    So according to the deputy, anyone can be DUI if they fail a sobriety test. Keep in mind folks, these cops are rewarded for the number of arrests they make, not the number of convictions.
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