Strengthen laws against driving drunk

Strengthen laws against driving drunk

There are 8 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Nov 17, 2010, titled Strengthen laws against driving drunk. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

Although you might think Massachusetts is the most overprotective nanny state in the country, the Bay State gets poor marks from the feds when it comes to targeting drunken drivers.

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bogus

Waltham, MA

#1 Nov 17, 2010
how exactly is a first time drunken driver a hard-core case? why don't these people just come right out and say they want to outlaw drinking
note to sun editors

East Hampton, CT

#2 Nov 17, 2010
Send Ken Wallace's son a copy of this editorial on drunk driving.
Amused

Lowell, MA

#3 Nov 17, 2010
bogus wrote:
how exactly is a first time drunken driver a hard-core case? why don't these people just come right out and say they want to outlaw drinking
Driving with a BAC more than double the legal limit. Someone bagged for a first offense with a BAC a few points over the limit may have been a social drinker who just misjudged his/her level of impairment. Someone who is at double the legal limit is clearly impaired, well beyond the point where he/she could have any mistaken notions of being unimpaired. That is someone who knows they are drunk, not just "under the influence" and just chooses to drive anyway. If someone has actually built up such a tolerance to alcohol that they don't feel a .15 impairs them, that person has a serious alcohol abuse problem.

Alcoholism, and other addictions are essentially incurable. Every form of treatment has a very high rate of relapse. Anti-drunk driving strategies that focus on "curing" the offender are doomed to high rates of failure. We need to focus on keeping these folks from being behind the wheel. Suspension/revocation of drivers licenses is completely ineffective. Many repeat drunk drivers continue to drive without a license, knowing that if they get caught driving, it is likely to be while they are drunk again, and then the operating on a suspended license will be the least of their problems, a charge that will either result in a concurrent sentence, ie no additional jail time, or just get plea bargained away. We need to have a way to keep these birds out from behind the wheel, like revoking registrations and taking the plates.
No one

Lowell, MA

#4 Nov 17, 2010
note to sun editors wrote:
Send Ken Wallace's son a copy of this editorial on drunk driving.
Why, is he out of rolling papers?
Judge Judy

Westford, MA

#5 Nov 17, 2010
You know a big part of the problem is the wishy-washy liberal cowardly JUDGES!!!

The cops arrest the drunks,the laws are there,but again,it boils down to the judges.
Real Change

Dracut, MA

#6 Nov 17, 2010
As long as most of the legislators are defense lawyers noting will change. They showed that when they cowardly passed a watererd down Megans Law and were chastised for it. As long as defense attorneys can line their pockets, from the court appointed lawyers, to tprivate counsul, nothing will change. They are cowardly and fight against change because it might one day be one of them who is stoped and has to face the mandatory penalties.. They are cowards because they will not pass meaningfull laws that actually do something other than pander to the poor sick people who are drunks. Its ok to be a drunk just do not drive. The judges should not accept a not guily on a OUI charge to accept a guilty on a negiligent operation charge. Both charges should bear their owjn weight. But in the lets makea dal kangaroo court they all make deals to make it go away.
The Patriot

Stow, MA

#7 Nov 18, 2010
Only when judges are elected will we have change.
Patriot

South Weymouth, MA

#8 Nov 18, 2010
Sometimes the cops and judges ARE the drunks, if you look back.

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