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It’s long past time to take back our highways

Posted: August 31, 2017 8:15 a.m.
Updated: September 1, 2017 1:00 a.m.

There is no justice in South Carolina for DUI victims!

My brother, Dewitt Peake, was killed Jan. 11, 2013, by a driver under the influence. Lowell Nathan Stewart will be released from prison (today) Sept. 1, 2017, after only serving not quite two years!

There are so many cases where a person charged with DUI either gets off or serves a short length of time. He (Stewart) was bonded out the same day my brother was killed. That evening he was home with his family.

We would not get a court date until two years later; he was sentenced to five years. My sister-in-law and their children, grandchildren, my mama and sisters and extended family will carry this pain for the rest of our lives.

It is hard for me to comprehend how an offender can stand in front of the judge and our family crying and apologizing, but within the next few sentences tell the judge, “Yes, I drank alcohol the night before court.” 

Seems to me if you killed someone that would sober a person up immediately and for the rest of their life. Remember, this was two and a half years after my brother was killed!

Granted, whatever time he served will not bring my brother back or ease our pain, but if the laws were strict enough it might deter some of this. It’s like playing Russian Roulette when you release a DUI offender and give him the opportunity to get behind the wheel again.

As a community, we need to support our law enforcement and others -- and try to get the law changed. I wouldn’t want anyone to have to endure what our family and others have been through because of someone being impaired.

South Carolina, it is time to take back our highways!

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