26 year old Lindsay Kyle was killed by a drunk driver on October 19, 2013 in Ontario County, when a speeding Cadillac slammed into her compact car. The driver, impaired by drugs and alcohol slammed into her car at a rate of 106 miles per hour.
In hopes to bring more awareness to DWI, Lindsay’s mom Sarah Palermo takes part in Ontario County’s Stop DWI Victim Impact Panel.
Palermo says “maybe the next time they take a drink and consider getting behind the wheel of their car, they’ll think of my 26-year-old daughter who lost her life.” Palermo’s hope is that maybe they’ll think about the driver who was so impaired by cocaine and alcohol that after the crash he got out of his car unscathed, glanced at the accident he had caused, and walked three blocks home and went to bed.
On average, a drunken driver has driven drunk more than 100 times before their first arrest. Thanks to the efforts of Geneva, Canandaigua, Clifton Springs and Phelps police departments, New York State Police, and the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, last year in Ontario County, DWI and DWAI arrests totaled 515.
Ontario County, has been ranked first in DWI convictions in New York State. Nearly 96 percent of DWI offenders receive fines ranging from $300 to $5,000, serve jail time, and either has their license suspended or revoked.
Although Ontario County has the highest rank for DWI convictions, anyone with a set of car keys who drinks or uses drugs and gets in their car, is eligible to be convicted of DWI in any county in the state of New York.
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