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Families of Md. drunk driving victims outraged at probation for Texas teen impaired driver

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A sentence meted out to a Texas teenaged drunk driver is drawing anger and outrage from the families of drunk driving victims around the country.

A judge granted him 10 years probation and the teen's father plans to pay for $1,200-a-day rehab for him.

Every year, Maryland hosts a special memorial in Annapolis to remember the loved ones lost at the hands of impaired drivers. At this year's 10th anniversary, they displayed pictures of their dead loved ones, spoke their names out loud and gave testimonials about preventable crimes and lives gone too soon.

Jan Withers, an activist with "Mothers Against Drunk Driving," was given the Kevin Quinlan award for her efforts. She tells FOX 5 she's glad the father of the Texas teen is paying for alcohol rehab, but says the teen could get rehab while he's incarcerated.

The drunk driver in her daughter's case was 17 years old, placed in a 28-day alcohol rehabilitation program, got community service and did no jail time.

Withers' husband, Joe Sikes, says he was okay with that sentence because he felt the boy was held responsible for killing his daughter.

Victoria Brown lost her 12-year-old son in a drunk driving accident. She feels the Texas sentence was "horrific." Brown says she also feels her own son's drunk driver did not get the punishment he deserved. He got 10 years, with 6 years suspended, a year of home arrest and spent 18 months in prison.

"I felt like he got a slap on the hand. They slapped him on the hand and said don't do that again,” she said.


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