(WXYZ) - Studies show more and more women are getting busted for driving drunk and too many times they have their kids with them.
It may start with a drink at the soccer game or a few alcoholic beverages at a social gathering with other parents. It's become a dangerous trend.
"We need to continue to make the community aware of this problem." said Angel Harris, a victim services specialist with MADD. "It's not just moms having a drink, this is going on everyday in your neighborhood, your community."
In May, Shemika Allen was pulled over near Wattles Road for speeding. Police say, the Pontiac mom was drunk with four kids in the car. In April, Pamela Marie Kroll was arrested for driving with a blood alcohol content over four times the legal limit. Police say the 47-year-old Orion Township mom had her 9-year-old son in the back seat at the time.
"People don't want to believe they have a problem." said 52nd District Court judge Brian MacKenzie. "Alcohol is so pre levant and accepted, a person who has a problem can lie to themselves and say everyone has the problem."
Judge MacKenzie runs a sobriety court and he has seen more women come through his courtroom, in part, because society is changing. "More and more women are working and are more likely to go drinking with fellow workers afterwards, more likely to engage in drinking activities." said Judge MacKenzie.
Some moms may be in denial about a drinking problem until it's too late. If they end up before Judge MacKenzie, they get a second chance thru sobriety court. It's a hard program to complete, lasting up to 18 months, but the program has shown great success at keeping people from driving drunk again.
For more information or to help, contact Mothers Against Drunk Driving: www.madd.org
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