Would stiffer penalties for DUI's save more lives? - Beckley, Bluefield & Lewisburg News, Weather, Sports

Would stiffer penalties for DUI's save more lives?

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Woman suffers minor injuries after car rolls on I-77 in Raleigh County

    Woman suffers minor injuries after car rolls on I-77 in Raleigh County

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:13 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:13:55 GMT
    Car rolled multiple times on I-77 North in Raleigh County.Car rolled multiple times on I-77 North in Raleigh County.
    In Raleigh County, a woman is miraculously not seriously injured, after her car rolls over on I-77 around 6:30 Wednesday night.An eyewitness tells us the woman was driving in the left lane on the northbound side. She suddenly veered off the road, over corrected,then slammed into the side of a tractor trailer. The car rolled multiple times before coming to a stop on it's roof.The witness says two small dogs ran out of the car. Moments later, the woman crawled out and ran after one of the dogs....
    In Raleigh County, a woman is miraculously not seriously injured, after her car rolls over on I-77 around 6:30 Wednesday night.An eyewitness tells us the woman was driving in the left lane on the northbound side. She suddenly veered off the road, over corrected,then slammed into the side of a tractor trailer. The car rolled multiple times before coming to a stop on it's roof.The witness says two small dogs ran out of the car. Moments later, the woman crawled out and ran after one of the dogs....
  • EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Woman struck by car on Robert C. Byrd Drive

    EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Woman struck by car on Robert C. Byrd Drive

    Friday, August 1 2014 6:27 PM EDT2014-08-01 22:27:01 GMT
    A woman was struck by a car in front of Family Coin Laundry on Robert C. Byrd Drive in Beckley Thursday night.This is surveillance video given to us by the business owners. She was not walking on a designated crosswalk. So who is at fault?
    A woman was struck by a car in front of Family Coin Laundry on Robert C. Byrd Drive in Beckley Thursday night.This is surveillance video given to us by the business owners. She was not walking on a designated crosswalk. So who is at fault?
  • Alpha Natural Resources may idle eight mines in the state of West Virginia

    Alpha Natural Resources may idle eight mines in the state of West Virginia

    Friday, August 1 2014 3:58 PM EDT2014-08-01 19:58:48 GMT
    Alpha Natural Resources might lay off over 1,000 minersAlpha Natural Resources might lay off over 1,000 miners
    Just days after coal miners rally in Pittsburgh over new rules on EPA emissions another problem arises for the coal industry.Alpha Natural Resources says because of a weak market and government regulations mine sites might have to be shut down.Eight Alpha affiliated surface mines in West Virginia are expected to be shutdown by mid October. Three of the eight mines are right here in Southern West Virginia.One of the mines that could be idled is the Pioneer Fuel's Ewing Fork number 1 Surface Mi...
    Just days after coal miners rally in Pittsburgh over new rules on EPA emissions another problem arises for the coal industry.Alpha Natural Resources says because of a weak market and government regulations mine sites might have to be shut down.Eight Alpha affiliated surface mines in West Virginia are expected to be shutdown by mid October. Three of the eight mines are right here in Southern West Virginia.One of the mines that could be idled is the Pioneer Fuel's Ewing Fork number 1 Surface Mi...

Driving under the influence in Mercer County. Authorities told us they're seeing it far too often lately.

People we've been talking to say they believe stiffer penalties for DUI's could save lives.

On Tuesday morning in Mercer County, Joseph Dixon was arrested for DUI fleeing and wreckless driving. Monday night, a woman was arrested after hitting a man near Brushfork, breaking his leg and causing head injuries. She was arrested for a DUI and for driving with a suspended license.

2 weeks ago, Princeton Police pulled guns on a man who fled the scene while being pulled over for a DUI on Ingleside Road.

Chief Deputy Darrell B. Bailey told 59News getting behind the wheel after you've had a few drinks, is just not worth it.

"Well not only are they taking people's lives in their own hands and their own, the amount of injuries we see are crazy. Even if they don't hurt anyone, they're still facing jail time," said Chief Deputy Bailey.

Bailey said for those 21 and older, the Blood Alcohol Content limit is .08. He told us, depending on age and BAC, this is what a 1st DUI offender will face.

"Normally it's from 24 hours up to 6 months. Second offense can go from 6 months up to a year and a 3rd offense is a felony which goes from one year to 3 years in jail. If there's an injury or a death involved, the penalties are much stronger," he said.

If you are pulled over and you are under the age of 21, the BAC limit is .02.

"If you're 21 or younger, the penalties are stronger. If you have a BAC of more than .15 the penalties are even higher," Bailey told us.

Bailey also said if you flee from an officer on foot, you'll face an additional fine of $50-$100 and/or jail time up to a year, and for fleeing by vehicle, you'll face an additional $500-$1,000 fine and up to a year behind bars.

For more information on West Virginia State Code regarding DUI penalties:

http://www.legis.state.wv.us/legisdocs/code/14/WVC%2014%20%20-%20%202%20A-%20%20%203%20%20.htm