Highway Patrol: Wednesday deadliest night for driving

8:19 PM, Nov 20, 2012   |    comments
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Forget New Year's Eve. The Highway Patrol says Wednesday is the deadliest night of the year on the roads.

It's all because of people who make the decision to drink and drive.

Tuesday a local mother learned she'll spend the next 3-years behind bars because she chose to drink and drive.

Channel 3's Dave Summers was there for the emotional sentencing.

The Ohio Highway Patrol says over the four days of the Thanksgiving celebration last year, 17 people died in car accidents. A third of those were caused by drunk drivers.

With 43 million people driving at least 50 miles from home on this holiday, let Westlake's Jenny Kearney's regrettable decision to drive drunk be a warning.

Kearney pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide. The maximum penalty was eight years. She was sentenced to three years behind bars plus a $1,000 fine.

We want to show you what drunk driving is like so we used the new drunk-driving simulator at the Ohio Department of Transportation in Garfield Heights.

It's a good lesson learned without the serious consequences.


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