LUBBOCK, TX -- 51 year old Rex Anne Baker, of Idalou, was sentenced to 78 years in prison by a Lubbock County judge on Thursday. While she never killed or seriously harmed anyone, Baker had no less than seven DWIs on her record, along with a slew of other charges.
The Lubbock chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving -- or M.A.D.D. -- was invited by the District Attorney's office to sit in on Baker's trial. They hope this harsh conviction will deter others from getting behind the wheel after drinking.
"We have our campaign to eliminate drunk driving, and two of those components will help to prevent individuals from reaching that point of seven-plus DWIs," according to M.A.D.D.'s Amanda Eldredge.
One of those components is a state-wide mandate to require breathalyzers be installed in the vehicle of every drunk driving offender...even a first time offender. Eldredge says multiple studies prove such requirements significantly reduce the number of DWI repeat offenders.
"Another component is high law enforcement visibility, with sobriety check-points," she says. "If you continue to make choices that endanger yourself and endanger others, your actions are going to have consequences."