Drunk Driving Death

By: Donald Robinson
By: Donald Robinson

37-year-old Michael Jones of Waynesboro was driving his 1991 Chevy down this road on Route 624 when he lost control of his car. Jones hit a huge log, fence, and mailbox. 25-year-old Jonah Kevin Brown of Waynesboro was pronounced dead at Augusta Medical Center. 25-year-old Wilbert West also of Waynesboro, sustained some injuries. Police say Jones had been driving.

Residents say the part of the road where the crash happened has always been dangerous, but driving drunk only makes it harder to stay in control. Resident Paula Shifflett said, "If you are drunk, people come further down to the opposite lane of traffic and when they do that they are getting off the road and shooting back over on our driveway. When you involve alcohol in its ten times worse."

Shifflett says her mailbox has been damaged four other times due to accidents in the past few years.

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Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

  • Legal drinking age in the United States is 21.

  • Forty-six states have "Zero Tolerance Laws" for underage drinking and driving, meaning that drivers under 21 years of age are considered to be legally intoxicated with a much lower blood alcohol concentration (BAC) that drivers who are 21 or older.

  • BAC varies from 0.00 to 0.02 depending on the state.

  • Illinois has a BAC of 0.00 for drivers under 21, which can be broken from as little as one drink.

  • For drivers 21 and over, the BAC is 0.08.

  • If charged with a DUI, the offender can have his or her license suspended for 90 days to one year, and pay fines of up to $1,000.

  • Fines and jail time can increase significantly if you injure someone or cause major damage.

  • Second and subsequent offenses may be dramatically more severe.

  • Affect on Insurance: If your license is suspended, your insurance company (preferred carrier) will drop you and your entire family.

  • If you get your license back, you will pay 40-60 percent higher rates.

  • In Illinois, a DUI stays on your record for 5-7 years.

Source: www.whatsdrivingyou.org contributed to this report

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