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on Sep 9, 2009
I want to thank all law enforcement officers for stepping it up and getting these inconsiderate, selfish people off our streets and highways. I have a family driving out there, extended family and friends. Thank you!
You want to be safe, get higher fines and jail time for DUI and then you will see it safe out there. Look at the DUI fines in Scotland and England and then look at how many fatalities they have. Its a joke over here.
I've got a great idea for getting impaired drivers off the street. Maybe we can force, I mean ask, people to stop by the local Gestapo office, take a test and get a permit. I'm sure that would insure compliance. Just to make double sure, I propose a law, that if anyone slips thru that dragnet, we allow police or trained volunteers to perform summery execution. That should get rid of all inconsiderate, selfish people.
If the community is truly serious about reducing the incidence of DUIs, it takes more than serious penalties for violators, and I wouldn't advocate so-called DUI checkpoints (violation of the 4th amendment, and I think a clever way for cops to log extra overtime).
Action shold also be taken at the serving end of the transaction. It's generally pretty simple for a patron to keep track when he is imbibing beer or wine, but how often have we seen bartenders in the area actually measure the hard liquor that goes into a coctail? In this case, does the patron who thinks he's truly monitoring his drinks know what he's drinking? Too often I don't believe he does.
If this is mainly about collecting fines for revenue enhancement, then I think I understand the game that's being played here. If we as a community truly wish to reduce DUIs, then along with penalties for the drivers there must be agreed upon rules for how hard liquor is dispensed. If there already are such rules, why are THEY not enforced?
The point expressed above is a good one. If the approach to eliminating impaired driving isn't a holistic one, then the goal will never be achieved. There may always be selfish individuals who just don't care and will always view it as their right to drink to excess before getting behind the wheel. I would wager, however, that many accused of drunk driving are people who do care, but were for all practical purposes slipped a mickey by a bartender who only wanted to provide his customer with good service.
If this issue cannot be approached from both sides, perhaps the BAC should be lowered from 0.08% to 0.00%
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