Robert I. McCarthy




Age: 86


Summary: director of the California Department of Motor Vehicles from 1958 to 1961 whose aggressive campaign against drunk driving led to his resignation during the Pat Brown administration after he announced in 1959 that the DMV would suspend the licenses of convicted drunk drivers for up to six months on a first offense, and who was credited with reducing traffic fatalities by 10 percent as the crackdown became politically unpopular after it netted several prominent and politically connected individuals.



Cause of Death: Pneumonia


Born: December 6, 1920


Died: November 29, 2007


Location: San Francisco, California