Pa. Court Says Drunk Driving Suspensions Mandatory

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    A state court says a Cumberland County judge acted with compassion, but against state regulations, when he overturned a five-year driver's license suspension for a woman who was deemed a habitual drunken driver.

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    The Patriot-News reports the Commonwealth Court ruling says Judge Thomas A. Placey should have upheld the suspension, despite the Maryland woman's claims that she was traumatized after being a crime victim.
    The state court heard the dispute after the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation appealed Placey's decision voiding the five-year license suspension.
    The Maryland woman claimed she incurred her three DUI arrests within six weeks in mid-2011 because she had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted.
    But the Commonwealth Court says the five-year suspensions are mandatory for people with three DUI's within five years.


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