Nixon, Mo. lawmaker promote legislati...

Nixon, Mo. lawmaker promote legislation aimed at cracking down on drunken drivers

There are 5 comments on the Fox2Now story from Dec 9, 2009, titled Nixon, Mo. lawmaker promote legislation aimed at cracking down on drunken drivers. In it, Fox2Now reports that:

Gov. Jay Nixon has announced plans to overhaul the way Missouri handles drunken-driving cases.

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SouthernBelle

Malden, MO

#1 Dec 9, 2009
I hope some positive changes come about with the proposed legislative changes. Repeat drunken drivers are very dangerous and it's not safe to have them out on the roads. After reading the series in the St Louis Post Dispatch, I think we all realize that some changes are needed. Many of the current laws regarding DWIs the have too many loopholes. Maybe this is a step in the right direction. It is a crime after all, a crime that CAN kill.
Bill

Pevely, MO

#2 Dec 9, 2009
I'm not by any means approving of drinking and driving, but over the years I have seen numerous laws to try to resolve the problem. None of them seem to make a difference. People who want to drink and drive will do so no matter what the consequences. The only people benefitting from tougher laws are the lawyers. Someone needs to find a different approach to the problem.
Andie

Troy, MO

#3 Dec 9, 2009
I wonder what that lawyer might do if he were injured by a drunk driver. Or if one of his friends or relatives were hurt or killed by one. Would he still be eager to give them representation? Makes you wonder how some of those types sleep at night. To me, helping out (repeat) drunk drivers is no different than helping any other criminal who committed, say, a gun-related offense. In a drunk driver's case, his (or her) weapon is his or her car. It's the same as shooting a gun randomly near a crowd of people.
marc

Saint Louis, MO

#4 Dec 10, 2009
he's kidding right? this lawyer can't really believe this stuff! maybe each night he needs to ride along with someone that is drunk..or attend almost weekly funerals of a loved one killed by a drunk driver..or have birthday's and holidays without someone you love..or just be without...or......
Fed up

United States

#5 Dec 10, 2009
What needs to happen is this:
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You're drunk, you drive, you kill someone.....automatic life in prison w/o parole....period. None of this 7 years involunatry manslaughter crap...that's just a slap on the wrist...you might as well go spit in the face of the victim's family.
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First time offender, 1 year in jail, loss of license for one year "after" you get out,$10,000.00 fine, mandatory participation in a drunk driving program or whatever, all other states are notified that you have a DWI on your license, and you get a specially marked plate identifying you as a convicted felon.
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2nd time, same thing only 2 years in prison, loss of license for 2 years "after" you get out,$20,000.00 fine......etc etc etc
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3rd time, 5 years in prison,$50,000.00 fine and your license is taken away "permanently" not only in Missouri but every other state in the country!
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Will Missouri ever do this? Of course not, there are too many "bleeding heart liberals" who don't have the balls to stand up and get tough all in the name of political correctness....and that is where the tragedy lies.

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