Earlier this month, we reported that a Carter County man was charged with a 13th offense of driving under the influence after witnesses said he backed into a car parked at a restaurant in Roan Mountain.
It’s not uncommon to pick up the Press on any given morning and read of someone in the Upstate with a prior history of drunken driving being arrested and charged again with DUI. It’s not even extraordinary to learn that a driver with as many as five prior DUI convictions has been involved in an alcohol-related offense.
These incidents serve as a sobering reminder of why changes are needed to the state’s DUI laws. Specifically, state lawmakers must do more to address the problem of offenders who repeatedly put themselves and anyone they meet on the road in jeopardy.