If you've lived in the Treasure Valley for a while, you probably remember the tragic story of the Thanksgiving night crash that ended up claiming the lives of at least two woman. The young man driving had been drinking and posting pictures on his Facebook hours before the crash. The girls who lost their lives had just left a KISS FM event. This story raised my awareness about drinking and driving and prevention became something I became very passionate about. I'm a big advocate for harsher DUI penalties so when I saw the Idaho Statesman report that a man will be serving 30 years in prison for his 6th DUI I was delighted.

The Statesman Reports

A southwestern Idaho man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison following his sixth DUI conviction.
Thirty-eight-year-old Roy D. Rico of Caldwell received the sentence Tuesday in 3rd District Court in Canyon County. He must serve six years before becoming eligible for parole.
Prosecutors sought a life sentence, contending that was the only way to protect the community.

Hopefully the harsh penalty this man faces with serve as a deterrent to others who make the choice to drink and drive.