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Shocking Stat Leads to State Law Questions

On Wednesday, Benton Police arrested a 49-year-old woman for drinking and driving. The problem is Sheila Blair has been arrested for driving while intoxicated 11 times since 1995.
BENTON, AR -- On Wednesday, Benton Police arrested a 49-year-old woman for drinking and driving.  The problem is Sheila Blair has been arrested for driving while intoxicated 11 times since 1995. 

On Facebook, many people questioned how this could happen.

"No it doesn't shock me, unfortunately, it should, but it doesn't," said Pamela Sell from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Arkansas.

According to MADD, the state of Arkansas has a five year lookback period, meaning after five years, previous DWI charges cannot be held against you.

"You have somebody who is a chronic drunk driver, who is doing it over and over again, that five-year time frame is like a get out of jail free card after a while because their clock starts over again," Sell added. "It's reflective of the fact that as a society as a whole we do not take drunk driving as seriously as we need to."

Sell said MADD is looking for stronger statutes.

"MADD would support the law be changed," she said. "We would like to see DWI's not have a statute of limitations in terms of being held accountable."

Blair did not bond out of jail, and remains in custody in Saline County. 
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