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Drinking And Driving – A Crazy Idea That Would Put A Stop To It

 DUI Checkpoints During Holiday Season
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In light of a Sunday night car crash in which the life of a 10-year-old girl was ended by the actions of suspected drunk driver I felt the need to share this opinion piece I wrote on the subject of drunk driving.

Driving while impaired is a senseless crime with innocent victims. I would be very interested in hearing your thoughts on this very unconventional solution to the problem of multiple DUI and DWI offenders.

( Original Story) Many of you will climb behind the wheel of a car this festival season thinking you are safe to drive, but you won’t be. God willing you will make it home safely and all the other innocent people whose lives you threaten will make it home safely too. It is the casual approach to this behavior that causes so many deadly issues each year.

Drinking and driving is a real problem. What burns me up the most about this crime is when people are allowed to commit it over and over again. They spend a few hours in jail and with a little money and a good lawyer they are out on the town again. Many times their victims aren’t given that option. They are either suffering through a life time of injuries or their families are crying themselves to sleep at night because their loved one was killed.

Peer pressure is often a reason people drink. Peer pressure might be a good reason for people not to drink too. I suggest that anyone who has been arrested for  DUI, DWI, or OWI have that noted on their license and be required to put a special colored license plate on the back of their vehicle.

This special colored license plate gives law enforcement probable cause to pull that vehicle over at anytime and administer a sobriety test. If the driver of the vehicle is found to have any amount of alcohol in their system they are incarcerated immediately.

To make the charges stick even more I propose we make it harder for them to bond out of jail by adding this to the sentence. The person who bonds them out of jail and the judge that turns them loose become liable in the event the person is ever charged with another alcohol related charge. This will make people think twice about bonding out a repeat offender and no judge will be taking any chances on any alcohol related cases.

I realize there is a document called the Constitution that will get in the way of my thinking and I know this is unrealistic. I am simply tired of reporting stories of innocent people being killed by drunk drivers.

This is my opinion, I do not represent the opinions of TownSquare Media or the staff and management of 97.3 The Dawg  on this issue.

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