March 25th, 2013 at 3:12 pm
An Illinois man was sentenced in mid-March to an eight-year prison term for a drunken driving crash that killed his 7-year-old daughter, according to MyFoxChicago. Paul Carlson of Petersburg “tearfully told a Springfield court that he loved his daughter Kealy Carlson ‘more than words can express.’” In 2011, Carlson, 28, was driving a Jeep while intoxicated, when the Jeep went down an embankment and into a ditch. “He was found guilty of aggravated DUI,” according to MyFoxChicago, and the sentence included two years of mandatory supervised release. A relative of the victim’s mother “says the family was satisfied with the punishment,” and even Carlson’s attorney said that his client is an alcoholic and that if he could go back and give his life for his daughter’s he’d do it in a heartbeat.
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), “adults drank too much and got behind the wheel about 112 million times in 2010—that’s 300,000 incidents of drinking and driving each day.” That same year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and reported by MADD, 211 children were killed in drunk driving accidents. The large majority of these children, 131 (62 percent) were riding with the drunk driver, as was the scenario in the Carlson case. Nearly 30 people die every day as a result of drunk driving crashes in America, costing the United States $132 billion every year. According to the Center for Disease Control statistics, “of the 1,210 traffic deaths among children ages 0 to 14 years old in 2010, 17 percent involved an alcohol-impaired driver.”
Carlson, after serving his prison term, may also be required to install an Ignition Interlock Device in his car and could face community service time as well, according to DUIDrivingLaws.org.
If you or someone you know is facing charges similar to those that were brought against Carlson, don’t go through it alone. Contact a dedicated Illinois DUI attorney today.
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