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DUI victims upset by repeat offenders

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Hans Bludau appeared for his initial court hearing on Oct. 11. He was charged with driving under the influence. (Mugshot: LVMPD; FOX5) Hans Bludau appeared for his initial court hearing on Oct. 11. He was charged with driving under the influence. (Mugshot: LVMPD; FOX5)

A 24-year-old man accused of driving drunk and causing a deadly accident appeared in court on Friday morning, and it's not the first time.

Hans Bludau was arrested Wednesday when police say he caused a car to crash killing two people near Paradise and Desert Inn.

On Friday morning, a judge told Bludau to come back on Oct. 18 when the results of a blood draw are in.

The Clark County District Attorney's Office says in June, Bludau completed a DUI sentence for a previous offense. Some groups say the legal system might have failed the accused repeat DUI offender.

The District Attorney's Office says Bludau was given the minimum sentence for his last DUI offense which included paying a fine, attending DUI school, and listening to a DUI Victim Impact Panel.

Vickie Johnson is part of a panel for Stop DUI. Once a month she shows DUI offenders a slide show, telling them the story of her 17-year-old son Josh Johnson. He was killed by a drunk driver eight years ago. She and other DUI victims share their emotional stories hoping drunk drivers listen and learn a lesson.

"It makes me angry that someone could attend a victim impact panel family and not be impacted," said Johnson.

Stop DUI says 97 percent of the time, those who attend their panels don't make the same mistake twice. The problem, Johnson says, is that Stop DUI isn't the only option anymore.

According to Stop DUI, Hans Bludau never attended their program, so he likely attended another organization's victim impact panel. There are several other new victim impact programs being introduced around the valley.

Johnson says she sat in on another organization's panel recently.

"I remember driving home that night telling my husband the people that attended that panel would probably re offend," Johnson said.

She said offenders attending some of the newer victim impact panels don't always hear from actual DUI victims. Some of them only hear statistics about DUI's and watch videos.

"I observed somebody else listening to an iPod or an mp3 player so I don't think there were hearing anything," said Johnson.

She thinks if victim impact panels don't hit the offenders emotionally, they are more likely to drive drunk again.

Another thing Stop DUI says could have prevented the latest crash is an ignition interlock device. The District Attorney's office says it's up to each judge to decide to include the device in a DUI offender's sentence.

Las Vegas Metro Police says there have been 74 traffic-related fatalities in its jurisdiction this year. They say 19 of those are alcohol related.

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