Nationwide, states have been cracking down on drunk driving by passing new laws. In Michigan we have our so-called super drunk driving law for those with a blood alcohol level of 0.17 percent or higher. In New York they have Meghan's Law which gives enhanced penalties for any drunk driving conviction with children 15 years old or younger in the car. Many states have enhanced consequences for multiple offenders.
A Michigan woman was arrested for drunk driving recently after an accident in which she was driving with her children in her SUV. Her blood alcohol limit from a breath test was reported as being 0.185 percent, which is just into the range used for super drunk driving enhanced consequences.
The accident took place in Fenton on Center Road near Old U.S. Highway 23. The aerial view from a Google map shows that the road is straight for miles in either direction. According to the police, the 22-year-old woman ran a stop light and lost control of her SUV. The vehicle went up an embankment and rolled several times which ejected the driver and her 1-year-old daughter. Her 4-year-old son was buckled in to the SUV and was not thrown out of the car.
All three sustained serious injuries and are hospitalized.
In addition to the super drunk driving consequences she is facing, the 22-year-old could be charged in Livingston County court with child endangerment and child abuse or neglect.
Michigan, like other states, increases the consequences for circumstances such as these. There was no word on how the woman would plead, or if a trial date has been set.
If alcohol related charges have placed you between a rock and a hard place, retaining an experience Defense Attorney may help improve your outcome when it's your day in court.
Source: CLICKON Detroit, "Michigan mother accused of driving drunk with 2 young children," July 23, 2012