Why does it take so long to take away drunk drivers’ licenses?

A professor calls it the perfect storm of legal challenges.

They’re designed to protest the rights of the accused – but they also given hundreds of drunk drivers the chance to offend again while waiting for their day in court.

With the high number of people being killed from DWIs, prosecuting drunk drivers is more of a priority than ever.

So why does it sometimes take two, three and even four years to take away a license from some drivers who drink and drive?

Bob Buckley investigates in the video above.

5 comments

  • Chucky

    The defendant has the right to a “speedy trial” but there is no right of the state to have the same. It almost always works in the favor of the defendant to delay trial as long as possible while they get treatment and try to avoid being charged again (or avoid getting caught again). Sometimes, the officer retires or moves on to another job while waiting for trial. When that happens, it is difficult for the state to prosecute once a witness is no longer available. It is up to the judges and other court employees to monitor the number of continuances and limit them.

  • news2me

    They should have a special court for only..
    1. DRUNK DRIVERS
    2. TEXTING WHILE DRIVING

    Just like in medicine…
    Special Doctors for this and that…no difference..

    2014 = TECHNOLOGY= Lots of ways to get this stuff done before someone else gets hurt….

  • John Smith

    A great way to check driver texting…..
    Get in the car in the morning during the time commuters go from Lexington to Winston-Salem on highway 52. The average speed of the drivers will be 80 (in a 65 zone) and 50% will be texting if you glance to see them.

  • FaithC

    As always the state knows they have a problem and do very little to fix it. Some of those cases are 3 and 4 years old. So this has been a problem for at least as long as that. What has the state truly done to fix this? They will continue to do very little.

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