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The chances of drunken drivers spending time behind bars in the Lehigh Valley region depend largely on where they're arrested.

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#110
Feb 8, 2010
 
Obviously you are perfect TRIPLE K. You have never done anything wrong. Im sure youve run a red light, or stolen a pack of gum. How about if the next person who steals a pack of gum gives it to a 5 year old. Who tries to chew the whole pack at once and chokes to death.The laws change after that then people start getting 10 years in jail for stealing gum. How about if the next person who is known to have run a red light kills 3 people in another car. The laws change because of that and then everybody who runs a red light starts getting life in jail. Its the same type of ridiculousness.
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#111
Mar 22, 2010
 
Solution wrote:
Triple our taxes and build more prison for these drunks and lock em up. I bet our senior citizens would agree.
I think Senior citizens are more dangerous than drunk drivers and you're an idiot! It is no "solution" just an easy answer that a self-righteous and petty individual would make. Maybe instead of tripling our taxes the great state of PA should use some of their alcohol regulated and drunk generated funds to come up with a real solution-like making sure there is public transportation available at all hours of the day and night and maybe holding liquor stores and even bars more accountable for dui. I can assure you the problem would quickly be resolved. You can spew hatred and judgement all day-but solution-i don't think so. PS I havent met a cop who didn't like to party-and i work as a bartender
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#112
Apr 6, 2010
 
amazing this first comment of dui and house arrest came in the year 2007 last post came in on feb 2010. this post lasted THREE YEARS

i am doing research of dui and punishment and am interested in reading peoples opinions here in the lehigh valley.

seems everyone agrees first offense stiff fines and house arrestnot wasting tax payers hard earned income

HOWEVER 2ND offense stiff fines and minimum jail time of 30 days + probation and volunteer work

general views are they didnt learn there lesson the first time and make a mockery out of the court system while wearing an ankle bracelet at home drinking and abusing the thing that got them into the 2nd dui in the first place

we need to rally with lehigh county courthouse and all judges who give the slap on the wrist to what is a serious crime.

maybe when one of the 2nd time offenders kills or severly injures one of the judges family members they will agree with the 85% who feel jail time is mandatory!!!!!
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#113
Apr 19, 2010
 
my friend was on house aresst he was forced to drive himself to his manditory AA meeting when he got there his parole officer handcuffed him and took him to jail now he faces 2 to 5 years in prison. I had seen a very positive change in the last couple of months in his attitude and life. i need advice, i dont think it was right since he was trying to get to his meeting
cause and effect

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#114
May 6, 2010
 
DUI and DWI....a person has "a.d.h.d." they take their "meds" -DWI, percocet 10mg- DWI smoked a joint 3weeks ago-DWI...when are we going to judge a person by THEIR actions? never an excuse to drink and drive? my best friend was at a college party @ the PENN STATE campus, his roommate overdosed and he took him to the hospital, they asked him what happened and he told them with alcohol on his breath...his roommate SURVIVED because he took him to seek medical care, they took my friend's blood at the hospital, arrested him on the spot, he lost his job and had to drop out of school for an .06 BAC and the presence of weed, and percocet in his blood....BULL****! this young man's life has been changed but yes he has learned his lesson, he had a script for the percocet and the weed had been smoked 3 weeks prior, but to the police he was just anotha drunk driver...come on people catholic priests are doing way more damage to our children than alcohol is! let's send the priests to jail and worry about our tithe money (i'm catholic) being spent to pay off all these lawsuits. we are so quick to be judge, jury and executioner. MADD is equivalent to a jim and tammy faye bakker, i cant wait till one of their "CEOs" gets busted having one drink! and one final note jerseygurl is surely a lesbian now and she should be happy that GOD doesnt destroy her state for allowing GAY marriage, because that surely is a sin! GOD BLESS US ALL!
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#115
May 6, 2010
 
there is a montgomery county judge on the bench JUDGE PAUL TRESSLER- who not only was in an DUI accident, he lost his hand because of it. he also has his wife working in his chambers and the taxpayers pay her $68,000 a year. case in point? he was on a "self imposed" house arrest during the investigation and look how good he turned out! as for my friend? no house arrest their were not enough ankle shackles so he did 15 weekends, problem is he didnt live in PENN STATE so he lost his weekend job, and is now looking forward to attending community college. on a good note, he now wants to join the military so he can kill people who resembled the police officers in the PENN STATE area. rehabilitation at its finest. someone awhile back said that kids will be kids but putting someone in jail with someone who sodomizes children, sells narcotics, burglarizes homes, uses guns to shoot people, is in no way fair and equal punishment. forgot to mention, DWI is a misdemaenor 1 which is now part of his "lifelong" record which will affect his life that hasnt even started yet. so what will he do wehn he cant get a legal job? you guessed it, he'll be in your neighborhood doing something in which he should be incarcerated for. keep judging people and watch the cause and effect unfold right before your eyes. granted and murder by vehicle is heinous, but no two crimes are EXACTLY identical, at least that's what the VATICAN keeps tellin us!
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#116
May 8, 2010
 
People on house arrest CAN work...but they CAN NOT drink any alcohol. They can't even use mouthwash that contains alcohol..or cough syrup..dijon mustard...etc...House arrest in Bucks County is done through voice recognition. A recording calls many times a day. also, the person on house arrest has to be ready at all times to get to the jail for a urine test. They will get a call and have to be at the jail in one hour. The braclet or anklet is only used for certain crimes and house arrest isn't cheap. It costs $10.00/day
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#118
Oct 2, 2010
 
JerseyGurl wrote:
rachel
That's to bad your depressed.
Wonder how you would be feeling if you would have killed an innocent child or adult thru your stupidity to drink and drive.
My heart bleeds for you
Wow. Typical uneducated statement. Truth is that most people that get duis are not intoxicated to the point of falling over and most adults that drink have driven while over the legal limit at some point. Many times it is just bad luck. I agree that drinking and driving is dangerous and never a good idea, however it happens far more often than anyone thinks. I have recently gotten a dui. The cop car was parked across the street from the bar and pulled over 3 cars at once. We left after 2 which made us a target. I was a .092, I had 1 martini and 1 beer within 3 hours and felt absolutely fine. I was not drinkng to get drunk, just stopping in for a couple drinks after work. For my body weight, I have found out after highway safety school, If I have more than 2 drinks in a 2 hour period, I am over the legal limit. A drink is a 5oz glass of wine, 12oz beer or 1.5oz of hard liquor. A typical martini is 4-6 oz, so I know now that I had way too much legally. Even when you order a mixed drink it usually has more than 1.5oz of liquor, so you see it is a very easy mistake to drink too much. The only way to be sure, which is what I do now, is to not drive even after 1 beer, but to judge people so harshly on something that unless you don't drink at all, you have most likerly done yourself is just ignorant.
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#119
Mar 16, 2011
 
JerseyGurl wrote:
rachel
That's to bad your depressed.
Wonder how you would be feeling if you would have killed an innocent child or adult thru your stupidity to drink and drive.
My heart bleeds for you
More accidents are caused by old people with poor vision, people talking on cell phones, people running red lights and stop signs and people falling asleep at the wheel. Do we send these people to jail when the drive under these conditions. DO WE SEND THEM TO JAIL WHEN THE KILL SOMEONE....NO. Why Not? Drunk Drivers account for less than 10 percent of deaths and those drivers have a BAC of .16 or higher. If you want to crucify who might cause an accident or kill someone then there are more serious concerns then drunk drivers....Look at the statics and not how you feel about drinking.
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#120
Mar 21, 2011
 
THINK wrote:
I believe people should think about what they are doing BEFORE getting behind the wheel after a drink or more. Regardless of how much you drink when out on the town, you should NEVER take the chance. You could hurt someone because of your own stupidity. I drink alcohol, but in my own home. If I drink at a friend's house, I stay over. COMMON SENSE. I believe the tax payers should not have to pay for the stupidity of others, regardless of the crime. If the individual suffers, good, then maybe he/she will think twice before doing something STUPID again.
I agree that the tax payers shouldnt pay for the stupidity of others.. As a second offence dui, i am goin through this now.. and to be honest with you putting the defenders like me in jail makes no sense, it actually cost the state and county more. With a dui where no one was hurt or killed or the person has no history of any violence y not put them on the house arrest system.. anyway the average person with a second offese only does about 2 weeks in jail and 75 days house arrest.. the jail system takes a week to process you into general population any way due to the TB test they have to do.. soo in the long run it cost more for a 15 day senctence then a 30 day sentence.. just make people do all house arrest.
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#121
Apr 22, 2011
 
THINK wrote:
I believe people should think about what they are doing BEFORE getting behind the wheel after a drink or more. Regardless of how much you drink when out on the town, you should NEVER take the chance. You could hurt someone because of your own stupidity. I drink alcohol, but in my own home. If I drink at a friend's house, I stay over. COMMON SENSE. I believe the tax payers should not have to pay for the stupidity of others, regardless of the crime. If the individual suffers, good, then maybe he/she will think twice before doing something STUPID again.
"I understand your thoughts. But the issue is as baffling as the disease. Here is the fact. Jails are a multi million dollar business. Non violent addicted offenders are 50% of our jail population, nationally. 86% of our populatoin are addicts. It costs $7.00 for treatment, for every $1,000 dollar spent on incarceration of non violent addicts, who are jailed for drifting in their lane, who did not "physically" hurt anyone" Home detention is a money maker, now costing the offender and family $600.00 and they only accept "credit cards" or cashiers checks weekly. This is about fear based legislation pushed through by the same lobby special interest system that society hates.... "unless it's convenient".
The DUII laws were pushed through and hidden inside "sexual offender bills", and the general public did not know truly what they were even voting for. MAKE THE CRIME FIT THE OFFENSE. It's NOT A PERSON TO PERSON CRIME, unless the driver hurts a person. HELLLOOOOO.... the driver comes out of jail with no home, no car, no job, a record, and no self esteem. PAY FOR THAT.
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#122
Apr 22, 2011
 
"I understand your thoughts. But the issue is as baffling as the disease. Here is the fact. Jails are a multi million dollar business. Non violent addicted offenders are 50% of our jail population, nationally. 86% of our populatoin are addicts. It costs $7.00 for treatment, for every $1,000 dollar spent on incarceration of non violent addicts, who are jailed for drifting in their lane, who did not "physically" hurt anyone" Home detention is a money maker, now costing the offender and family $600.00 and they only accept "credit cards" or cashiers checks weekly. This is about fear based legislation pushed through by the same lobby special interest system that society hates.... "unless it's convenient".
The DUII laws were pushed through and hidden inside "sexual offender bills", and the general public did not know truly what they were even voting for. MAKE THE CRIME FIT THE OFFENSE. It's NOT A PERSON TO PERSON CRIME, unless the driver hurts a person. HELLLOOOOO.... the driver comes out of jail with no home, no car, no job, a record, and no self esteem. PAY FOR THAT.
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#123
Jul 28, 2011
 
JerseyGurl wrote:
rachel
That's to bad your depressed.
Wonder how you would be feeling if you would have killed an innocent child or adult thru your stupidity to drink and drive.
My heart bleeds for you
I do agree with what you're saying, but it falls on deaf ears when your spelling and grammar suck so much.
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#125
Aug 18, 2012
 
I would love to see all cars have ignition interlock devices on them, with a tolerance up to whatever the legal limit may be in your state. However, I don't think that anyone who has anything to do with state, county, or local budgets would allow this to happen - way too much money is made on DUI offensives.
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#126
Aug 26, 2012
 
Some interesting comments on here. While being caught for a DUI is often because someone was behind the wheel of a car after drinking more than they should have, it should also be pointed out that there are many that are pulled over for reactions to their medications that impairs driving and they too are charged with a DUI.

Hey~ Loss of life in any way, shape or form is tragic. If a person is killed or critically injured then jail time should be mandatory.

House arrest as some may think certainly is not a luxury. Constant monitoring, fines as well as the inconveniences and toll it takes on family members. House arrest is a better alternative than prison in many of the misdemeanor charges and more times than not the offender will think twice about getting behind the wheel impaired again. Prisons should be for those violent offenders~ murderers, child molesters, rapist etc.

I'm not condoning that driving while impaired is right but in every instance the punishment should be tailored to the crime and prison is not always the best answer.

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#127
Sep 14, 2012
 
I'm looking at 6mos. of house arrest 4 a 2nd dui.yes its wrong,very wrong.I'm just grateful that i didn't hurt ne1,BUT,2 ALL U PEOPLE with negative comments&opinions,UNLESS UR A SAINT&HAVE (((((NEVER))))drank&drove, KEEP UR IGNORANT OPINIONS 2 URSELF.we r suppossed 2 learn by our mistakes,WITHOUT ALL UR STUCK UP HOLIER THAN THO OPINIONS.
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#128
Sep 18, 2012
 
At least when youre home you can still drink and not worry about driving cause you stuck. Stay home and off the roads cause dui cost too much
Monique

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#129
Sep 28, 2012
 
I beg to differ Mark. Depending on your weight, one drink at a bar or out for dinner can put you over the legal limit. Most people don't know (including the servers) how many ounces of (say) wine is in one of their wine glasses. Best bet is that if you have one drink with dinner, be prepared to sit there and drink water for another hour at least. I learned that they target people coming out of restaurants or bars simply because you were there. I found that once the cops target you, they will pull you over even if they have no legal reason. They will always give you a reason, true or not. How do you prove it when they lie? If they are wrong about your drinking and can't make an arrest, they let you go and they don't face any consequence for stopping you. But if you even register anything, you will get in trouble. And I learned they will lie on their police reports to ensure conviction, throwing everything in they can think of that a drunk driver might possibly even think of doing wrong when driving. Then its your word against theirs. Who of course is going to be believed? Thats why I wish all police cars had video cameras in them. Then they couldn't lie and many of their illegal stops would be thrown out of court because they'd now have to have proof of a legal stop. I used to think that all drunk drivers arrested for DUI were falling down drunk and were horrible people for driving that way. Now I know how easy it can be to be over the limit. Best not to take chances. Its true what they say A DUI You can't afford it
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#130
Nov 9, 2012
 
My husband is getting his 3rd offense of drivign with suspended license and 2nd offense of dui....so i know it's alot..this finally woke him up, he went to 3 weeks of INTENSIVE INPATIENT rehab and is a new man...the law is quick to punish but not there to help to TEACH the drunk..it's a disease and they need help! my husband is now recovering..we have 6 kids together custody of all of them.he's a working man, hasn't harmed anyone..but yet jail time? punish his kids for something that he has learned from and is fixing himself.??? I DON'T GET IT....i hope they do give him house arrest instead of jail...WHY PUNISH ME?? i can't afford to deal with 6 kids andwork full time by myself...
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#131
Apr 14, 2013
 
My ex husband has had eight DUIs, is currently on house arrest, term one year, is about to get off house arrest - has been drunk wasted every day - sits on the beach and gets plastered and drives home, no one checks, no one cares. Every few weeks he gets tested but the alcohol doesn't show up cause he always knows what day he will be tested. No one has ever come to his apartment, no random testing. He gets away with everything. He got a DUI and it was his fourth, the cop asked him if he had ever had a DUI, he said one, so they arrested him for a second and then knocked it down to a first offense in court. They never checked. So for a fourth offense in five years he got a first, and house arrest - and still drunk every single day. How do I know? He calls me wasted, he tells me he does it and he tells my son he does it. He thinks he can get away with everything - cause he can.

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