Fifteen years ago today, the nation’s worst drunken-driving accident occurred in Carrollton, Ky. To mark the occasion, members of Mothers Against Drunk Driving will call for tougher action against drunken drivers, says the Louisville Courier-Journal.
MADD officials also will call for a national moment of silence for the 24 children and three adults killed in a fiery crash May 14, 1988, when a drunk driver heading the wrong way on Interstate 71 plowed into a church bus.
MADD says the fatality rate from drunken driving has risen for the past three years – last year to 18,000. It wants Congress to dedicate federal money to improve enforcement through more sobriety checkpoints and tougher penalties for repeat offenders and those with a high blood-alcohol level.
Larry Mahoney, the Carroll County man who hit the bus with his pickup truck, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.24 percent, more than twice the level at the time at which a driver was considered drunk. He served nine years in prison for manslaughter, winning release in 1999.