By Garth O'Brien | June 27, 2007
Filed Under DUI News
Swansea, Massachusetts – June 27, 2007. Wayne Smith, 51, is a volunteer firefighter for Swansea. On November 5, 2005, Wayne was drinking at a fund raising event and drove home impaired. Along the way Wayne Smith veered into oncoming traffic and collided with Robert M. Cabral, 52.
Robert was a lieutenant with the Swansea Police Department. Robert spent 26 years of his life as a police officer keeping his community safe. Robert Cabral left behind two sons.
Wayne has since pleaded guilty to manslaughter while driving under the influence of alcohol. Judge Robert Rufo sentenced Wayne to serve 5 to 7 years in prison. Robert Cabral’s family questions why Robert’s life is only worth 5 years in prison?
The answer is clear. The United States does not realize the importance of stamping out DUI. If every automobile in the United States were equipped with Ignition Interlock Devices chances are Robert will still be patrolling the Swansea streets. Chances are Wayne would still be an upstanding volunteer firefighter in Swansea as well. Two lives were destroyed and a community suffers because our government does not care.