Advocates: Fatal crash shows need for tougher laws

January 17, 2010 8:57:20 PM PST
Advocates for stricter laws against people who drink and drive say an Indiana police officer's recent car crash death blamed on an alleged drunken driver shows once again why tougher laws are needed.Thirty-one-year-old Shawn Devine is charged in connection with the Jan. 9 death of 42-year-old Cpl. James Szuba.

Prosecutors say Devine's blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit when his car struck Szuba's police cruiser, killing the officer and his police dog during a pursuit.

Devine has a lengthy record of drunken driving offenses that resulted in little punishment.

Dave Beaty of the South Bend Fraternal Order of Police president says Devine's history is a classic example of a convicted criminal's past never being taken seriously.

Information from: South Bend Tribune,