Elk Grove Police Officer Tyler Lenehan was killed in a suspected DUI incident Friday morning.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Moms Towards Drunk Driving Sacramento tells ABC10 Elk Grove Police Officer Tyler Lenehan had simply volunteered at one among their DUI checkpoints working to get offenders off the streets.
Lenehan was killed in a suspected DUI incident Friday morning.
“I’ve footage that I took on my cellphone of my Mother with Officer Lenehan handing literature to individuals at a drunk driving checkpoint,” mentioned Rhonda Campbell with Moms Towards Drunk Driving. “My mother is sitting proper right here listening, and she or he’s crying. It’s terrible.”
Campbell mentioned there are greater than 350 deaths a day right here in the US due to wrong-way crashes.
“However the different aspect of that statistic is 58% of wrong-way drivers are impaired,” she mentioned.
That’s why she’s pushing a invoice that will guarantee all DUI offenders — together with first-timers — be required to put in interlock units like respiration units of their vehicles to stop them from driving drunk. In line with her, the present legislation does not apply for first-time offenders.
“We all know we’ll save lives by requiring all convicted impaired drivers to have that system of their automotive,” Campbell mentioned.
As that works it’s manner by way of the state legislature, Campbell mentioned the not too long ago signed federal infrastructure invoice contains language that will require anti-drunk driving expertise in all new vehicles starting in 2026.
“Gear that may be capable to detect impaired driving and shut that down and shield individuals. That actually might be the start of the top of impaired driving when that expertise takes maintain,” she mentioned.
Campbell mentioned she solely needs we had these instruments right this moment, maybe they might have prevented yet one more tragedy.
“It simply actually makes it private and brings it house, and it’s heartbreaking,” she mentioned.