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I-Team: The Driver Who Got Away

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LAS VEGAS -- Natalie Dubuisson was arrested last year after being involved in a fatal crash on I-15. Dubuisson fled the scene and two months later, surrendered herself to jail. A judge sentenced her to six years in prison, but this was not the first time she stood in front of a judge.

According to her traffic court records, Dubuisson had eight separate court cases with several illegal parking citations. But the original tickets tell a different story.

In July of 2009, police ticketed Dubuisson for swerving off the road twice. The ticket indicates she had been drinking. A traffic court judge reduced it to illegal parking.

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In July of 2010, police ticketed Dubuisson for going twice the speed limit. A traffic court judge reduced it to illegal parking.

In September of 2010, police ticketed Dubuisson for failing to stop at a stop sign. Once again, a traffic court judge reduced it to illegal parking.

When you add up the potential penalty points against her record, Dubuisson's license could have been in jeopardy, if not outright revoked, possibly taking her off the road before she was involved in that fatal crash.

In court, it is clear how overwhelmed judges have incomplete access to records of repeat offenses as a crush of defendants pile into the room. 

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Justice Court Chief Judge Karen Bennett-Haron has announced she is ordering her judges to spend more time and effort seeking out and punishing repeat dangerous drivers in court.

"Because you all have brought this to our attention, and we're always looking for ways to improve, that's always time well spent. Time well spent because perhaps in adopting this practice, we may make a better contribution to public safety," said Judge Bennett-Haron.

It can never be known whether Natalie Dubuisson would still have driven that deadly night if her license was revoked by the courts. But since she had no penalty points on her license, according to the courts, she was a perfect driver who just always happened to park in the wrong spot.

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