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DUI: Repeat offenders

Burlington, Vermont – February 9, 2011

A senseless drunk driving death has captivated Vermont and turned up the heat in Montpelier.

Kay Borneman was killed the day after Christmas at an intersection in downtown Burlington. She was headed home after seeing a movie when her car was struck by Timothy Dowd, a man with four DUI convictions who was allegedly driving drunk again. The case has created an uproar and advocates are applying lots of pressure to toughen Vermont's drunk driving laws.

Vermont Law School Professor Cheryl Hanna appeared on The :30 to answer questions submitted by WCAX News viewers about DUIs.

Hanna also talked about interlock devices, also called ignition lock devices. A driver needs to blow into a tube and if his or her blood alcohol level is below a certain amount then they can start the car. Vermont is in the middle of a voluntary pilot program testing the device. Corrections and the DMV say so far, so good. Hanna talked about the kinds of results other states are getting with the devices.

Watch the video from The :30 for more.


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