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Deadly Crash Raises Questions About Drunk Driving Laws

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Savanna Gonzales, 20, and her boyfriend, Frank Spenia, 31, were killed instantly in the Summerlin crash. Savanna Gonzales, 20, and her boyfriend, Frank Spenia, 31, were killed instantly in the Summerlin crash.

LAS VEGAS -- The family and friends of a young woman killed in a suspected drunk driving crash are mourning their loss and saying more needs to be done to discourage drunk driving.

Savanna Gonzales was one of two people killed Wednesday when a suspected drunk driver hit her car head-on on Summerlin Parkway. Metro Police said they could smell alcohol on the driver who caused the crash. That driver is still in the hospital and is facing possible felony drunk driving charges.

"Why are you going to go out and kill yourself or kill other innocent people?"

Ana Monarrez is struggling with the loss of her daughter. Savanna Gonzales, 20, and her boyfriend, Frank Spenia, 31, who were killed instantly.

"As an alcoholic, I never get in the car when I'm drinking," Monarrez said.

She admits she struggles with alcoholism but would never put other lives at risk. In 2013, at least 45 people died in Clark County in alcohol-related crashes.

"It's one of those issues where we have to be very strict and stern with the law," said Kathy Bienenstein with M.A.D.D., Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

She says judges should be tough on drunk drivers starting with the first offense.

"What we need are the judges to actually apply the law in a way that it was written and intended for," she said.

"The courts understand that these are serious cases which involve a high risk to the offender to the community," said Judge Joe Bonaventure, Las Vegas Justice Court.

He said he deals with hundreds of DUI cases a week and always takes into consideration how much the offender's blood alcohol level was over the legal limit of .08, along with any criminal history.

"The penalties get harsher and harsher for those repeat offenders," Bonaventure said.

The first offense is a misdemeanor which could mean two days in jail and a $685 fine. A third offense for DUI is considered a felony, but a defendant can go through a diversion process (Nevada DUI Court) to avoid having the felony on their record.

While Bonaventure says the laws on the books do the job intended, others say they're not tough enough.

M.A.D.D says when compared to laws in other states in the fight against drunk driving, Nevada falls in the middle.

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