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isaiah0121
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Willoweed
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Drunk driving

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Started: 11/21/2011 Category: Health
Updated: 5 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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isaiah0121

Pro

Should drunk drivers be imprisoned on there first offense?
Willoweed

Con

I do not think drunk drivers should be imprisoned on the first offence, because it costs a lot of money to imprison some on. In 2005 it cost 23,876 dollars to imprison someone year round. 23,876/365=$65 so it cost 65$ a day to imprison someone[1].
I propose instead of spending a lot of tax dollars to imprison drunk drivers we do other things. We should fine them a large sum of money for endangering other people's lives. Have them pay to install an ignition interlock system on their vehicles (this system makes it so they have to blow into a tube and if there is alcohol on their breath they cannot drive). And lastly we should have them pay to enter an alcoholic's class to help teach them how to avoid driving drunk again.
The benefits to my proposals are that instead of costing taxpayers money it makes taxpayers money. Another benefit is if the drunk driver is not in jail he/she can still go to work and actually contribute to the economy where as if they were in jail they couldn't work meaning the economy gets hurt.

[1] http://www.nytimes.com...
Debate Round No. 1
isaiah0121

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Willoweed

Con

my opponent forfeited
Debate Round No. 2
isaiah0121

Pro

So your say it cost more to pay for someone to be imprisoned yet it cost around $7,000 for a burial. This year, 10,839 people will die in drunk-driving crashes - one every 50 minutes. According to my math it costs $75,873,000 for funerals.

Individual burial space tends to start around $400-$500 per space. Add to that an opening charge of around $400-$600 per space plus a vault around $1,000. So far, around $2,000.

Those costs are eliminated if cremation takes place after the services, average $3000 plus casket, average. $2000.

An immediate cremation (without visitation) is the least costly way to go, around $1,000.

So,the typical funeral with burial is about $7,000. A typical funeral with cremation, about$5,000. Immediate cremation, $1,000.

-http://www.funeralplan.com...
-http://www.madd.org...
Willoweed

Con

Studies of the recidivism among drunk drivers finds that jailing drunk drivers is no better at reducing their recidivism rate. Also in Norway and Sweden deaths/crash from drunk drivers decreased when they switched away from prison related punishments for impaired drivers. http://www.nhtsa.gov...
Also using an ignition interlock system that periodically checks alcohol content prevents someone from drunk driving in their owns cars. The only way for a drunk to drive with an interlock system is if they a) steal a car or b) have a friend who lets them drive drunk, this means that recidivism rates for interlock systems are very low.
So basically my opponents position is that we should spend money imprisoning people; when we could reduce drunk driving even more so if we instead had them install a interlock system. We could also increase government revenue by forcing drunk drivers to pay fines.
Debate Round No. 3
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