News2 Anchor Frank Mickens talks about taking a stand against drunk driving

11:29 PM, Aug 14, 2012   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- Tuesday night, I wanted to talk to you the viewer about our decision to take a stand against drunk driving.

Just for some background, we opened our newscast Tuesday with a story about Lance Snyder. Snyder has been convicted nine times of DWI.  Two of those convictions were for being a habitual felon.  The very first was for three counts of second degree murder.

That's because in 1982 Snyder was driving drunk and hit a car.  A grandfather, grandmother and their 8-month-old granddaughter were all killed.

We've learned Snyder has been charged a couple times in the last nine months!  But we found a loophole.

Under the drunk driving sentencing guidelines, an offender's prior record is considered *only* if it happened seven to 10 years prior to the most recent offense.

So a judge is not allowed to consider all Snyder's past convictions because they happened before the seven to 10 years.

And that's because he was in prison during that time!

We learned of this loophole from former Forsyth County District Attorney Tom Keith.

So we're asking legislators to change the law. We have three commitments.

Now you know the background.

Here is the transcript of my editorial:

"Allow me a moment, if you will, to explain why we're here tonight.

What we've witnessed in the case of Lance Snyder is nothing anyone would predict.

It is a case of an individual who has exhausted second chance after second chance.

He's human.

We all make mistakes.

And he will have his days in court on his two most recent charges.

But, three lives have been lost already.

And we here at News2 are not willing to wait until someone else dies before we take a stand.

We can't let another couple of grandparents and granddaughter die from this.

So we thank the legislators who joined us here tonight and the others who will join the effort to fix this.

But before we forget, each and every one of us makes choices.

No law or lawmaker makes the choices for us.

We have the privilege of living in a land of liberty. But right is right and wrong is wrong.

Please. Please. Think before you drink.

If you don't think about yourself, think about that baby girl who died 30 years ago, who never had a choice."

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