Widow speaks out during Drowsy Driving Awareness Week

Widow wants drowsy driving criminal charges

SAN ANTONIO – Emmy Morales described her weekend road trips with her husband, but one the road trip shattered her world and claimed her husband’s life. 

“I miss that constantly,” said Morales. “I do things but it’s never the same.”

Morales said her husband was killed in 2009 due to a drowsy driver.  

She can finally walk again after 28 surgeries and physical rehabilitation. But her heart is still broken as she seeks closure for 49-year-old Joseph Morales’ death.

“No jail time,” she said as she described the suspect not being charged in connection to her husband’s death.  “Not even an apology.”

Morales said the driver fell asleep behind the wheel causing their vehicle to roll was never punished. She blames legislation.

According to DrowsyDriving.org several states are considering legislation that would allow police to charge drowsy drivers with criminal negligence if they injure or kill someone.

“I’m still fighting to get stiffer penalties,” said Morales.  “It’s still considered an accident.”

She also said drowsy driving is 100 percent preventable. 
 

“We’ve all been going around and getting family and high school students,” she said as she pointed out a board people are signing to pledge during Drowsy Driving Awareness Week. The mayor also presented her with a proclamation.

According to Triple AAA, drowsy drivers are involved in an estimated 21 percent of fatal crashes and 37 percent of drivers report having fallen asleep behind the wheel at some point in their lives.

"Take the pledge,” said Morales.  “Drive alert and arrive alive."

(© 2016 KENS)


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