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Driving Drunk With Children

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Driving drunk is never a good idea but Washington State Troopers said they have seen a few recent cases when children were in the car with the intoxicated drivers.

In recent years, laws have stiffened the penalty for child endangerment charges.

A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2004 found many children who have died while riding with a drunk driver weren't buckled in properly.

Police say it's just not fair to do that to a child.  Kennewick Sergeant Jesse Mill said it is terrible, "taking an innocent person like a child, who has no choice of getting in the vehicle and putting them in great danger.  What choice have you given them?  At least an adult would have a choice by knowing the person was under the influence and made the choice to ride with them, but a child has no choice."

Washington State Patrol reports that in 2006 troopers arrested 22 people in our area for driving drunk with children in the car.

Troopers said there have been almost 20 people arrested for driving drunk with kids in the car.