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Home  |  News  |  "Enough Is Enough" When It Comes To Drunk Drivers

"Enough Is Enough" When It Comes To Drunk Drivers
Friday, January 13, 2012

 


Lexington, SC (WLTX) - The Lexington County Sheriff's Department and Highway Patrol held a press conference bringing awareness to the counties record DUI fatality numbers.

"It is ridiculous a 17-year-old is gone because of our laws," said Jon Humphrey.

The Lexington County Sheriffs Department and Highway Patrol says "Enough Is Enough" when it comes to deaths on South Carolina roadways.

"Send a message strong that when you get behind the wheel of a car driving under the influence that you are going to come to this courthouse very swiftly and you are going to be dealt with," said Sheriff James Metts.

Last year Lexington County ranked second in the state for roadside fatalities, 62% of those were from suspected drunk drivers.

"The gentleman that killed him, and I use the word gentleman lightly, this will make his 5th DUI, and the way our laws read they can start over after 10 years," said Humphrey.

17-year-old Jonathan Humphrey II died on December 27, 2011, and his parents say it's from South Carolina laws not being strict enough.

"He was a strong individual," Jon Humphrey said. "A lot like his father, he was strong-willed, but this was one time that he was not."

The day the Humphrey family buried their son was the day Karen and David Longstreet lost their 6-year-old daughter.

"Poor Emma should have never suffered like this," said David Longstreet.

Emma Longstreet and her family were on the way to church on January 1, 2012 when a drunk driver hit them, killing little Emma.

"They stopped their service, and the minister came out in his robe and just started praying over our children, and people started helping get the kids out of the car; it was true love," said Karen Longstreet.

Now Sheriff Metts says it's time for the government to change the rules and crack down on repeat offenders.

"Enough is enough! We are going to crusade against you in the halls of the legislature, and we are going to crusade against you in the halls of the courtrooms!" said Metts.

Source: http://www.wltx.com/news/article/167955/2/Enough-Is-Enough-When-It-Comes-To-Drunk-Drivers

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