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Why aren't drunk drivers getting the message?

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - One person died, and several others were injured after a pair of crashes on San Diego County roads on Wednesday.

One happened in Pala and the other in Lemon Grove. In both cases, authorities said suspected drunken drivers were to blame.

Wednesday's commute was dangerous and in one case, deadly. Early Wednesday morning on Highway 395, near Pala Mesa, a suspected drunk driver hit a car head on, killing the other driver.

About an hour-and-half later in Lemon Grove, authorities said another suspected drunk driver, 49-year-old Cosimo Ingrande, hit a Cal Trans sign with his white truck and then left a path of destruction.

San Diego has seen a spike in DUI crashes and deaths in the last few months. Most notably the case of the Marine Jason King. King is accused of driving drunk the wrong way on SR-163, killing two medical students.

Steve Lykins is the executive director for Mothers Against Drunk Driving in San Diego. He said there is really no explanation for the uptick in incidents.

"It's tragic, and it's all too often. Why folks are continuing to make these bad decisions is always the challenge, always the frustration. All we can do is continue to fight, and try to get people to make good decisions," he said.

A first offense misdemeanor DUI can cost $10,000 to $15,000.

Steve wants people to think the next time they head out.

"What is the consequence of your actions? Can you live with yourself if through your decision to drink and drive, you kill someone, injure someone? Can you live with yourself?" said Lykins.

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