DUI laws could face overhaul

DUI laws could face overhaul

There are 142 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Feb 11, 2007, titled DUI laws could face overhaul. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

Spurred by a fatal drunken-driving accident last year that killed two Hiram College students, a state legislator will soon unveil legislation to toughen Ohio's drunken-driving laws.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Akron Beacon Journal.

First Prev
of 8
Next Last
MOM

Kelleys Island, OH

#1 Feb 13, 2007
IT IS ABOUT TIME.
lois

Kelleys Island, OH

#2 Feb 19, 2007
Maybe if drunk driving offenders started receiving more severe punishments, it would deter them from doing it again and prevent others from doing it at all.
Freda

Kelleys Island, OH

#3 Feb 21, 2007
First time offenses should result in those yellow license plates. I keep my distance from those!
kyle

United States

#4 Feb 25, 2007
I committed one dui and spent 7k to remain out of jail.

You need a means of transportation

Laws are Draconian(strict)

Even if my son got killed by a drunk driver i would understand--there is such a thing of addiction from genes. f the laws; lets race!
kyle

United States

#5 Feb 25, 2007
I advocate driving under influences like cocaine,it actually helps motor responses.
lois

Kelleys Island, OH

#6 Feb 26, 2007
Kyle,
What kind of idiot are you? If you don't have anything intelligent to say maybe you should just shut your mouth! Maybe you should start your own thread instead of imposing your idiotic responses on those with serious issues that people actually care about. You could title your thread, "if you want to exchange posts with a complete asshole, click here!"
Freda

Kelleys Island, OH

#7 Feb 26, 2007
kyle you are a child playing in an adult world and your immaturity is quite obvious.

“lightly burnt,but still smokin”

Since: Dec 06

in the corner of your mind,

#8 Mar 1, 2007
hell its only about the loot anyways...
besides it culls the herd
lois

Kelleys Island, OH

#9 Mar 1, 2007
godless by choice wrote:
hell its only about the loot anyways...
besides it culls the herd
What the hell does that mean?

“lightly burnt,but still smokin”

Since: Dec 06

in the corner of your mind,

#10 Mar 2, 2007
"lois"
What the hell does that mean?

duh....the courts really only want the money involved in dui's.and since we have people living longer,wars and accidents keep the population in check.
Freda

Kelleys Island, OH

#11 Mar 5, 2007
No the courts purpose is to enforce the law and maintain safety and order in society. Playing the money card because you don't think people should take responsibility for their actions is ridiculous. Using your logic...get drunk....get in an accident...wipe out a car full of people...and the drunk does everyone a huge favor by helping to keep the population in check. godless by choice, you are not lightly burnt, you are fried.
didnt kill no one

Massillon, OH

#12 Mar 6, 2007
but you would have thought so. Now have the idiotic plates and am allowed to be profiled by every cop in Akron. why no plates yet for the pedophiles? they ruin more lives than drunk drivers who were railroaded like myself
Freda

United States

#13 Mar 6, 2007
One does not supercede the other. Two seperate issues. Wrong is Wrong. Yellow plates tell me, keep your distance. Shed light elsewhere to take the attention ofF yourself is lame.... you're an endangerment to society. WEAK. VERY WEAK.
Daina

Summerton, SC

#14 Apr 4, 2007
I think the yellow plates are a little silly... really what is the purpose of them? But I also don't think there is any point for a drunk driving to try to play the victim card. Drunk drivers- your not the victim. My 8 year old nephew who is in his early grave because of a drunk driver is a victim. So maybe you didn't kill anyone, but the point is that YOU COULD HAVE. You just got lucky... that time.
Brittle Fingers

Northbrook, IL

#15 Apr 4, 2007
Not long ago I got a DUI. The experience has dramatically changed how I view this issue....

I never had wanted to drink and drive; it was just part of the 'going out' scene. I generally tried to make sure I was 'okay' to drive after being at the bar.....but I never really realized what I was risking every time I drank and drove, and how easily everything could have slipped away. I can definitely say I will never drink and drive again.....not even one beer.

That being said, I think the current penalties for 1st time offenses might be too harsh. Six months of suspension for someone like me, who at age 29 has never been in ANY trouble(never even had a speeding ticket) is just plain excessive.

However, the penalties for repeat offenders are definitely FAR too lenient. I can't imagine ever going through the experience of getting a DUI again.

My suggestion: Shorten the suspension period for 1st-timers to 90 days, and increase the fines and suspension periods for repeat offenders.

Since: Mar 07

Toledo, OH

#16 Apr 4, 2007
Freda wrote:
First time offenses should result in those yellow license plates. I keep my distance from those!
I think that the state should take this idea one step further. The proposed child molester plates should be the same as the "party plates". Who would risk a DUI if you would be mistaken for a child molester all the time?

Since: Mar 07

Toledo, OH

#17 Apr 4, 2007
Freda wrote:
Playing the money card because you don't think people should take responsibility for their actions is ridiculous.
I totally agree. People who think this is for money need to wake up. DUI laws are to protect the masses. And from "godless by choice"s little quote (“lightly burnt,but still smokin”) I would guess that godless is one of those smoking morons who complains about the smoking ban because they can't do what makes THEM happy anymore, even though by doing what makes THEM happy they are hurting others.
Roger

Yelm, WA

#18 Apr 4, 2007
One DUI, jail time, fine.

Second DUI, more jail time, bigger fine.

Third DUI, even more jail time, huge fine and confiscation of automobile no matter who it belongs to.

Notice I said nothing about loss of driver's license. It never makes any difference. These perps will just continue driving without a valid license. But when they lose thier car for good, they will start to take notice.

Since: Mar 07

Toledo, OH

#19 Apr 4, 2007
Roger wrote:
One DUI, jail time, fine.
Second DUI, more jail time, bigger fine.
Third DUI, even more jail time, huge fine and confiscation of automobile no matter who it belongs to.
Notice I said nothing about loss of driver's license. It never makes any difference. These perps will just continue driving without a valid license. But when they lose thier car for good, they will start to take notice.
DUI 1: 6 months jail time
DUI 2: 2 years jail time
DUI 3: life
Hammurabi

Canton, OH

#20 Apr 4, 2007
The problem is the ever-decreasing BAC limits. The vast, vast majority of fatality accidents resulting from DUI are way higher than a marginal case - we're talking .15 and above.

It all comes down to a one size fits all law pushed by an extremely powerful lobby (led by MADD) interested mostly in re-instituting Prohibition - because anyone who does something They disapprove of is by definition a degenerate who should be locked up.

If they raised the limit back to a reasonable level and allowed some wiggle room for people who can obviously handle their drinks better at the marginal region, I'd be big time in favor of massive penalties to de-incentivize driving drunk (and that means obviously impaired). However, the current scheme is too much of a revenue generator for municipalities and the Highway Patrol and MADD is too powerful for anything to change in a common sense direction.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker
First Prev
of 8
Next Last

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Chesterland Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
Christina Melaragno, westlake drug theif (Oct '14) Jun '17 Middie 46
chesterlnd ohio help put trump in white house (Nov '16) Nov '16 CITIZEN J 2
who voted for donald trump in chesterland ohio (Nov '16) Nov '16 Citizen J 1
News Yours Truly employee says co-worker took pictur... (Nov '16) Nov '16 Wondering 2
News Willoughby police officer involved in shooting ... (Oct '16) Oct '16 Prior resident 1
News Man charged in triple shooting at Cleveland gas... (Oct '16) Oct '16 FedUp 1
News Bow hunting cruel, women say (Oct '06) Jun '15 zimmz 29

Chesterland Jobs

More from around the web

Personal Finance

Chesterland Mortgages