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Legislation would toughen penalty for vehicular homicide - Sent...

There are 8 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Feb 18, 2010, titled Legislation would toughen penalty for vehicular homicide - Sent.... In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

The story of a Leominster woman who lost her son in a drunk driving accident last November has inspired state Rep.

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concerned citizen

Westford, MA

#1 Feb 18, 2010
drunk driving is not acceptable in this country but the facts are that a lot of passengers killed in drunk driving accidents are drunk themselves. I believe the drivers should be punished and a heavier sentence should be considered if the person they kill is sober. If both occupants of a car are drunk both are at fault.
tax payer

Leominster, MA

#2 Feb 18, 2010
State Sen. Jennifer Flanagan, D-Leominster office is a joke... all she does is jump on the bandwangon to make herself look good.

stiffer penalties are only going to be applied to those not connected all her governmental cronies will still get a pass or lesser sentence.

No way is drink driving accepted however in our youth we do make mistakes,sad as that may be.

I bet if we breathalyzed beacon hill after a twelve hour day, half would not pass.

As I remember our last disgraced Senator got ride home by the police when he was found drunk driving, remember him Jen?
tough laws

Berlin, MA

#3 Feb 18, 2010
i just want to comment that it would be diffrent if it happens to you someone you love or someone you know. i applaud the state rep evangelidis for making the effort to pass a law to give judges the ability to pass longer sentences. i think we should all take a moment to thank our reps and senate for the work they do
rasberry

North Uxbridge, MA

#4 Feb 18, 2010
tough laws wrote:
i just want to comment that it would be diffrent if it happens to you someone you love or someone you know. i applaud the state rep evangelidis for making the effort to pass a law to give judges the ability to pass longer sentences. i think we should all take a moment to thank our reps and senate for the work they do
can i have some of what your smoking or are you a rep yourself
Lunenburgian

Leominster, MA

#5 Feb 18, 2010
Fifteen years sounds pretty long as it stands. Why don't they get to the root cause which is alcoholism. Bet no seat belts were involved either. The editorial was on obesity. We are a nation suffering from one of the highest desease rates of the industrialized world. Some have linked alcohol use to sugar addiction. Start in the public school system with a set of nutritional standards. Kick out these food service companies that serve up a bunch of high fat processed preserved foods and al a cart. Thats where the legislation is needed. Kurt hayes is aware of it, to bad none of our local democrats have it on their radar screen.
Bigger Picture

Harvard, MA

#6 Feb 18, 2010
Why don't we look at the bigger picture here...What about vehicular homicide in general? My friends mother lost her life while walking her dog and this ass**** gets 18 months?!!? Why doesn't someone look into increasing that too? The max sentence on that is only 2 1/2 years... doesn't exactly make people think twice about speeding down windy roads now does it??! Obviously everything is on a case by case basis but the only thing we are doing by increasing the max. sentence is hopefully stopping people from committing these crimes in the first place!!!
Racing Idiot

Clinton, MA

#7 Feb 18, 2010
They can make all the laws they want. It won't matter one bit if these liberal judges do not pass down the maximum penalties !
I know that I won't forget who these liberal politicians are the next time we go to the polls.
Time to clean house !!!!!
What the heck

Leominster, MA

#8 Feb 19, 2010
I think that innocent bystanders, as in pedestrians and sober drivers of other vehicles, that are killed by drunk drivers is a far worse crime than a drunk friend killed by his drunk friend driving the car. I'm not saying it's not sad or tragic. It is. But the law seems incredibly backward on this one. I also think that 15 years is a tough sentence and increasing it by 10 years seems over the top.

We should be increasing the sentence for vehicular homicide to innocent bystanders - not friends that willingly got into the car with their drunk friend!!

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