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