Des Moines, IA – An Iowa man who was recently arrested for driving drunk has killed a motorcyclist merely four days after pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated.
According to The Des Moines Register, Taylor Ray Linse plead guilty in early July to driving while intoxicated after police arrested him for driving erratically. However, just four days later, Linse drove against traffic on Northeast 14th Street in Des Moines and smashed into a motorcycle, killing the driver, Rueben I. Enriquez, age 56.
The worst part about the fatal accident? Linse should have never been back behind the wheel in the first place; his driver’s license was automatically revoked for an entire year after he refused to take a breathalyzer test when he was pulled over for OWI (Iowa DUIs are known as OWIs, or “Operating While Intoxicated” charges) the first time.
After the OWI accident, lawmakers and administrators say that Iowa has not done nearly enough to make sure Linse and others who have been repeatedly in trouble for driving drunk stay off the roads. Friend of Enriquez, Connie Soto, says that even though you lose your license after driving drunk, that doesn’t necessarily mean it will make people actually follow the rules and stop driving.
In fact, Soto and others agree that drivers who are arrested for an OWI in Iowa should automatically have to have an ignition interlock installed in their vehicle right after their arrest, as well as show the court that the device is properly installed in their car.
Linse is currently facing charges of driving while his license is revoked, second-offense operating while intoxicated (OWI), vehicular homicide, and violating his probation.
In the past few years, the Iowa Department of Transportation has suggested making the state’s ignition interlock laws stronger. However, that unfortunately did not happen, and now lawmakers will have to face the repercussions of that in the wake of Linse’s fatal OWI accident.
This is not the first problem with drunk drivers that Iowa has had to deal with in recent years. The Register has gone in-depth about it’s own investigations into what Iowa has done to reduce fatalities as a result of an OWI, but they have discovered that the state repeatedly comes up short.
According to the publication, drunk drivers kill about 90 people per year on the state’s roads. While Iowa lawmakers established the 24/7 sobriety program this past year, it has been criticized as not being effective since county participation is completely voluntary.
Data complied by Mothers Against Drunk Driving reveals that 28 other states require those charged with drunk driving to have an ignition interlock installed on their cars. Also, other states have completely moved away from ordering mandatory driver’s license suspensions in lieu of having offenders install interlocks on their vehicles instead.
Any drunk driver found guilty of OWI in Iowa can expect to have their life dramatically changed for the worse. If you have been charged with OWI in Iowa, the sooner you contest it, the better your chances are of having an OWI attorney in Iowa have your drunk driving charges dropped.
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