Local mom wants to see DUI’s taken more seriously

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Tracy Moser is angry.

Her son was driving to his dorm at Western Kentucky University Saturday when his car was struck by a hit and run driver who Moser suspects was driving under the influence because her husband who had been following behind their son, TJ, saw an alcoholic beverage on the floorboard on the driver’s side of the vehicle that collided with her son’s vehicle, Moser said.

Police may never know or be able to prove if the driver was impaired because he took off running immediately following the wreck.

Law enforcement is reminding the public to drive sober.

While the Bowling Green Police have not charged anyone in the wreck at this time, Moser said she believes the driver fled the scene because he was under the influence.

TJ Moser was driving separately from his father, who was directly behind him, when a man turned a corner and the two collided.

TJ’s father said he saw the man get out of the vehicle and run away from the scene.

There was a can of alcohol on the driver’s side of the vehicle, according to Tracy.

Tracy has had enough of people getting a slap on the wrist for dangerous behavior.

“This has got to change. I’ve already written an email, or a text actually, to our senator and my state representative saying, ‘Why are we letting this happen? You’re in charge of the laws. Why are we not making this more stiff because this is killing innocent people? This is inconveniencing. This is costing. This is causing problems for the people that are trying to do good in our community,’” Moser said.

Police declined to comment on whether a warrant was out for the driver’s arrest, and the collision report was unavailable as of Monday afternoon.

TJ suffered only minor injuries from the airbag deploying and is thankful he did not suffer more serious injuries but what he doesn’t understand is why people drive intoxicated.

“He had a girl with him, like a first date, and whenever we hit he just ran off just leaving her in the dust. I just don’t understand why he would do something like that. What goes through your mind to drive. I just don’t really get it,” said TJ Moser.

Police are always reminding the public not to drink and drive and the Kentucky State Police Drive Sober or Get Pulled over campaign is going on right now through Labor Day weekend.

“It obviously delays your perception and reaction time, and it affects your coordination it affects your ability to be able to operate a vehicle it dramatically increases your risk of being involved in a serious collision,” said KSP Trooper Daniel Priddy.

Over the past two years, 307 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roads due to impaired drivers.