Courts can't keep New Kent man off ro...

Courts can't keep New Kent man off roads despite DUI convictions

There are 124 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from Apr 22, 2009, titled Courts can't keep New Kent man off roads despite DUI convictions. In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

The man charged with involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with the death of a 19-year-old Williamsburg resident this month is no stranger to traffic court.

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Bill Dikant

Queensbury, NY

#113 Apr 27, 2009
Come on People wrote:
Look this man is great.. he is a great friend why do they have to give him sooooooo long of a time in jail.. this man WOULD NOT even kill a fly other than a person..
Oh my, this killer has a clone and or they both went to the same reform school!!!!!!!!.
Daily Reader

Hampton, VA

#114 Apr 27, 2009
Come on People wrote:
Look this man is great.. he is a great friend why do they have to give him sooooooo long of a time in jail.. this man WOULD NOT even kill a fly other than a person..
Yea Right...He didnt even have hid trial yet bozo.
bothfamilyinpray ers

Richmond, VA

#115 Apr 27, 2009
Tina Bonney wrote:
To the Mellis Family!
There are no words that can erase the pain of losing your child! I just pray that you can hold on to those cherished memories! It is a tragedy! We do everthing humanly possible as parents to protect our children, and then someone thoughtless comes along and takes the life of an innocent child! As a parent, I share with you, the feelings that you have of wanting to confront someone of this character, but know that the court system is not the final say! He will one day be judged by the Judge of all Judges, and he makes no mistakes, so to say that the courts can't hold him is one thing, but our father in heaven can handle all things! God Bless you and your family!
.your right judge of all judges judges and does forgives sin not forgivible is sucide if you are truly sincere from other opinions i really think this guy sounds like he is really sorry and knows he has to live with this for the rest of his life.we aren't the judge and we all have to face our maker prayers are with both family's deepest sympathy to the mellis
bothfamilyinpray ers

Richmond, VA

#116 Apr 27, 2009
whatyasay wrote:
<quoted text> First of all I believe in God, but I will never forgive that fool who took my little man away, I Hope this guy goes to jail for the rest of his life, I would rather his family go on welfare and let my tax dollars pay them, then to have this fool out, he KILLED somebdoy. Let a drunk kill your loved one and see if you can forgive
i can forgive i have done it.i have a father who cares and god forgives us so why i can't we want our god to forgive us so we have to forgive but i understand too.deepest sympathy to the mellis family and my prayers are with both familys
Ummmm

Suffolk, VA

#118 Apr 28, 2009
bothfamilyinprayers wrote:
<quoted text>.your right judge of all judges judges and does forgives sin not forgivible is sucide if you are truly sincere from other opinions i really think this guy sounds like he is really sorry and knows he has to live with this for the rest of his life.we aren't the judge and we all have to face our maker prayers are with both family's deepest sympathy to the mellis
Are you ever going to shut up??
Daily Reader

United States

#119 Apr 28, 2009
Ummmm wrote:
<quoted text>
Are you ever going to shut up??
My thoughts exactly!!!!!!!!
Daily Reader

United States

#120 Apr 28, 2009
http://celebgalz.com/matthew-burch-christophe...

Another Link regarding Matt Burch.
are u stupid

West Point, VA

#121 Apr 28, 2009
becuase talking on the cellphone is just as deadly as driving drunk but i guess you'd be fine with your loved one being killed by another driver just as long as he was not drunk huh
Amber wrote:
<quoted text>
HOw does that have ANYTHING to do with a man Killing because he was a drunk driver?!
get over it

West Point, VA

#122 Apr 28, 2009
i've lost a father (alcohol) a grandfather (murder, gun) and a brother (suicide, gun) life and yes death happens you can't live forever. and no i heve not hated any one for any of it
anonomyus

Quinton, VA

#124 Apr 29, 2009
Daily Reader wrote:
<quoted text>
Happen to us too? what, 3 DUI's, only the foolish continue to be DUI after the 1st DUI..combine that with the marijuana...no wonder he took a life! Are you for real? Reality check here!
Yea I am for real how many times have you answered your cell or even talked on it while driving? How many times have your reached for something in the car or looked down to change the radio and crossed the line think about it IT CAN HAPPEN TO U...
anonomyus

Quinton, VA

#125 Apr 29, 2009
myturn2say wrote:
<quoted text>
Let them suffer... They knew that he had a problem yet did nothing.. No it will not happen to me UNLESS A DRUNK HITS ME. We dont drink and drive.One drink then getting behind the wheel can ruin many lives.Com mon sense a third grader can figure that out. I hope this family sues the Burch family,
Lets remeber that we are not the one to judge.....for we can too be judged....again you are not sure maybe his family did try to help him....you can only help those who want to be helped....
Daily Reader

Newport News, VA

#127 May 1, 2009
The Providence Forge person using numerous screen names is a wack-o who needs help! Seek assistance soon because the mind is a terrible thing to waste. Too bad for Matt...his is already wasted.
who said what

AOL

#128 May 1, 2009
i will say that I dont answer my phone while driving, It drives me crazy seeing people on there phone while driving, if its that important that I make or take a call I will pull over, I have my son in the car I will never do anything to put him in danger. I make sure he has everything he needs before we leave the parking lot and that he is in his car seat. If he wants something else well it will just have to wait.
Russell

Huntsville, AL

#129 May 5, 2009
who said what wrote:
i will say that I dont answer my phone while driving, It drives me crazy seeing people on there phone while driving, if its that important that I make or take a call I will pull over, I have my son in the car I will never do anything to put him in danger. I make sure he has everything he needs before we leave the parking lot and that he is in his car seat. If he wants something else well it will just have to wait.
I agree; I'm totally disgusted by people who talk on the 'phone while driving. Unfortunately, we have a law which prohibits using a hand-held 'phone while driving. That makes people think that it's OK to use a hands-free 'phone while driving even though studies clearly show that it's also dangerous to use a hands-free 'phone while driving. Actually, it may be even more dangerous because people cannot tell whether the driver is using a hands-free 'phone and keep away from him.

The basic problem, as I have pointed out a number of times, is that people take driving too casually and seem to think that it requires no more attention than doing something mundane like loading the washing machine. We need much more thorough driver training, perhaps including 80 hours of classroom time, to impress upon drivers that driving is a heavy responsibility that requires full attention and full use of one's faculties, undiminished by ethanol or other drugs.

Simply making drunk driving laws more draconian could possibly backfire because it could induce drivers under the influence to run after having an accident instead of providing aid to the injured. Such laws have to be considered very carefully since they can have unintended consequences.

Because I eschew the use of ethanol, I have so sympathy for people who drive under the influence of ethanol.
Daily Reader

United States

#130 May 6, 2009
Who cares about cell phone usage under this post..this post is about DUI 3rd offense and a lost life of a 19 year old man. This young man's life was ended by a wrong way driver who was driving under the influence of alcohol, did I mention 3rd Offense. Matt was not driving under the influence of cell phone. The cell phone excuse is no good here or in court for Mr. Burch. Highly unlikely Matt's defense for taking a life will center on cell phones.

Burch had his chances with the first 2 DUI's and didn't learn. Now he, his family and friends are in a sheer panic about the past, present and future. I hope his future includes a lengthy jail sentence where he has time to dry out and dwell upon what he did have. That he thinks daily about how he (MATT) put alcohol, drugs and his personal preferences to get drunk and stoned ahead of his loving family. That what he did have will never be the same as what it was. That his privilege to operate a motor vehicle will never be reinstated. That he really is not the family man that everyone portrays him to be (it's no longer). Finally, that he has no one to blame but himself.

Go ahead Burch family and friends..disagree all you want! However, Matt has no one to blame but Matt! I hope he has plenty of time to think about what he had, what he did, what he lost, what he is putting his loved one's through and just how selfish he really is and how old he'll really be before he has the time and opportunity to get drunk and stoned again.
Daily Reader

United States

#131 May 6, 2009
Ummmm

Suffolk, VA

#132 May 6, 2009
who said what wrote:
i will say that I dont answer my phone while driving, It drives me crazy seeing people on there phone while driving, if its that important that I make or take a call I will pull over, I have my son in the car I will never do anything to put him in danger. I make sure he has everything he needs before we leave the parking lot and that he is in his car seat. If he wants something else well it will just have to wait.
You're cool. Wanna cookie??
Daily Reader

United States

#133 May 6, 2009
Hey, Matts a celebrity today in the Virginia Gazette under Courts and Crime, page 9A. It states according to court records he has a history of driving drunk. May 7, 2009 will be a big day for him in court since it will decide whether his case will be certified to a grand jury.
Russell

Huntsville, AL

#134 May 7, 2009
bothfamilyinprayers wrote:
<quoted text>.your right judge of all judges judges and does forgives sin not forgivible is sucide if you are truly sincere from other opinions i really think this guy sounds like he is really sorry and knows he has to live with this for the rest of his life.we aren't the judge and we all have to face our maker prayers are with both family's deepest sympathy to the mellis
You may have written something worth reading. However, it was so poorly written that determining what you had to say would require more effort than I am willing to expend.

Before Charlemagne's time (742 - 813), scribes wrote with no punctuation, no upper and lower case letters, and no space between words, the reason being to make reading difficult to increase job security for scribes. To make reading easier, Charlemagne decreed that there should be spaces between words and that sentences should begin with a capital letter and end with a period. It was a good rule and has been followed for more than one thousand years.

When Charlemagne's rule is not observed and, in addition, "I" is not capitalized and other conventions are not followed, reading becomes excessively difficult. I, for one, cannot be bothered to read such writing; probably many others cannot be bothered also.

If you want us to read something, at least have the courtesy to write properly so that it can be easily read.
Russell

Huntsville, AL

#135 May 7, 2009
Daily Reader wrote:
Who cares about cell phone usage under this post..this post is about DUI 3rd offense and a lost life of a 19 year old man. This young man's life was ended by a wrong way driver who was driving under the influence of alcohol, did I mention 3rd Offense. Matt was not driving under the influence of cell phone. The cell phone excuse is no good here or in court for Mr. Burch. Highly unlikely Matt's defense for taking a life will center on cell phones.
Burch had his chances with the first 2 DUI's and didn't learn. Now he, his family and friends are in a sheer panic about the past, present and future. I hope his future includes a lengthy jail sentence where he has time to dry out and dwell upon what he did have. That he thinks daily about how he (MATT) put alcohol, drugs and his personal preferences to get drunk and stoned ahead of his loving family. That what he did have will never be the same as what it was. That his privilege to operate a motor vehicle will never be reinstated. That he really is not the family man that everyone portrays him to be (it's no longer). Finally, that he has no one to blame but himself.
Go ahead Burch family and friends..disagree all you want! However, Matt has no one to blame but Matt! I hope he has plenty of time to think about what he had, what he did, what he lost, what he is putting his loved one's through and just how selfish he really is and how old he'll really be before he has the time and opportunity to get drunk and stoned again.
It is puzzling that approximately 40,000 people in the U.S. die each year in automobile accidents and yet public concern seems minimal. Compare that with the approximately 2,752 who died at the World Trade Center. That was only about 7% as many people who die each year in auto accidents, and yet it was considered to be a disaster of unprecedented magnitude.

Surely, if we were really concerned about human life, we could cut the road toll in half within a few years. Doing so would require much more thorough driver training and testing, including periodic re-testing. It would also require much more diligent enforcement of traffic laws, including laws against drunk driving.

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