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Should drunk drivers be imprisoned on the first offense?

  • Drunk drivers don't deserve any justice or pity

    It is their fault if they get caught being stupid and people die. If they don't go to prison, they should atleast be ordered to a rehab center to treat their problem. If people want to get drink, its fine but other people shouldn't be endangered because people can't make wiser decisions. GET SOME COUNCELING

  • Yes, they should be detained

    Drunk driviing can cause danger to the driver and to all those near by. Someone earlier stated you may swerve to avoid an animal, or a person, but all the cop saw was you swerving; that is TERRIBLE excuse, if the person is well aware they are drunk, they should not even get in their car.

  • Yes, they should be detained

    Drunk driviing can cause danger to the driver and to all those near by. Someone earlier stated you may swerve to avoid an animal, or a person, but all the cop saw was you swerving; that is TERRIBLE excuse, if the person is well aware they are drunk, they should not even get in their car.

  • Yes they should get imprisoned

    You should be responsible on the road and know what your limit is. If you cannot drive safely after being intoxicated you should NOT BE ON THE ROAD!!! You can take someones someone's life just because your being careless and not even paying any attention to the road. If you had too much to drink then don't drive. It's as simple as that

  • Yes they should get imprisoned

    You should be responsible on the road and know what your limit is. If you cannot drive safely after being intoxicated you should NOT BE ON THE ROAD!!! You can take someones someone's life just because your being careless and not even paying any attention to the road. If you had too much to drink then don't drive. It's as simple as that

  • Yes they should get imprisoned

    You should be responsible on the road and know what your limit is. If you cannot drive safely after being intoxicated you should NOT BE ON THE ROAD!!! You can take someones someone's life just because your being careless and not even paying any attention to the road. If you had too much to drink then don't drive. It's as simple as that

  • Of course they should!!

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  • Yes they should!!!!!!

    They should get imprisoned on the first offense because if they don't get caught they will do it again and they are a danger to everybody who is driving so yes they should be thrown in prison on the first offense. It will make the roads more safe for everybody.

  • Absolutely yes, yess!

    If there caught drunk driving it might be there first offence but its more likely for them to do it again. And even though it might not be intended to hurt someone it could potentially kill people, people need to learn there lesson and not drive drunk, the law even gives them a fair warning. So yes they should be imprisoned!

  • No no no

    No, they shouldn't be imprisoned for their first offense. If their record is clean then maybe they just hung out with the wrong group. But if they have a record then maybe. So my answer is yes and no. But mainly no. I am a christian and i want people to learn but going to jail/prison for 8 years or more? No

  • Would you agree to it if it were you

    Not everyone is a repeat offender and might not even be impaired but over the breath limit. You don't always know the circumstances behind that first offense. The comments of people on here are so judgmental of situations they don't even know about. Their opinions change when it is them or their kids though. Like with a couple past Presidents of MADD who were way over the legal limit and were let go because of their position. What is good for the goose isn't always good for the gander. THINK before you condemn others... WHAT IF IT IS YOU .... Coming home from a ball game or party and swerving to miss a pot hole or animal and all the cop sees is you swerving. You only had a couple but it is enough to put you over the legal limit due to your body weight ratio to the drink... If you still think they need to be locked up then i hope your the first and barely over the limit when it happens to you, half a block from home ......

  • You Are Part of the Problem

    If drunks keep driving drunk then there is something wrong with this judicial process. You can't throw sick people in jail and expect them to come out just fine. They need professional help. It's no different than getting medical treatment for diabetes, cancer or even a broken limb. The difference is that it's the brain. It's far too complex for the average person to try to remedy. Leave it up to the professionals, just as you would leave it to the endocrinologists, oncologists and orthopedists.

  • The Accident Did Not Happen

    Folks on the opposite side of the page are creating scenarios that did not happen. We need to imprison people for what DID happen. The act of driving drunk is not intentionally harming anyone. The bias is obvious. The desire for extreme punishment for drunk driving isn't the same as for other moving violations even when an accident occurs from speeding, running a stop sign, etc. The laws should be standard across the board for all moving violations, dependent upon the result of the incident. Why clog up the courts and prisons for no harm done?

  • Major Criminal Offense?

    Major criminal offenses warrant prison time. Most drunk drivers don't cause so much as a fender-bender. Texting-while-driving is more dangerous but we don't have the same disdain for it as we do for drunk driving. Some people are addicted to alcohol and need help to stop drinking. Prison doesn't give them what they need to quit. All it does is harass people who didn't hurt anybody and ruins their chances of getting a good job and living a productive life. No wonder they go right back to drinking and then drive drunk. Our laws are fueled by MADD. Two MADD Presidents have been arrested for drunk driving. It's time to scrap these ridiculous laws and create ones that will save lives, let people get addiction treatment and reduce the number of those imprisoned.

  • Make Laws Fairer

    The laws keep changing and the blood alcohol concentration limit keeps getting lowered, so people don't even know what the drunk driving laws are. Some states even prosecute for sitting or sleeping in your legally parked car if you are over the legal limit. The laws are too harsh compared to what sober drivers do in their cars, such as texting, which is the most dangerous form of driving. Even hands-free cell phone usage is about the same level of impairment as driving drunk at .08, but has no penalty and is legal. The laws should be more reasonable when assessing impairment and potential harm.

  • Punishment Doesn't Fit the Crime

    Most drunk driving incidents do not result in accidents. Fatalities are about the same as speeding. Sober drivers cause twice as many fatalities as drunk driving but because they are considered "minor" traffic offenses, do not carry the same penalties as drunk driving. If a serious accident occurs, then jail is appropriate, as it should be for all other traffic offenses. Otherwise, it should be a "minor" offense and our tax dollars should go towards a better cause.

  • Treatment Works Better

    Treatment should be offered for drunk drivers if they are addicted. Prison isn't the solution. DUI and Drug Courts are working well across the U.S. Positive reinforcement produces better outcomes. Addiction is chronic and progressive, so it's best to make sure drunk drivers get the medical care they need in order to stop driving drunk.

  • Legal punishment does no good against drunk driving

    Most drunk drivers suffer from alcoholism. It is not really a choice they need help rather than imprisonment. A well known judge from the state said that what is imprisonment gonna due, nothing you are just creating a thirsty alcoholic not stopping anything in the long run. Help them not punish them for a mistake that needs correcting

  • Jail is NOT appropriate

    A fair alcohol evaluation without penalty is the best option. Jail doesn't control the disease of addiction. Treatment, if needed, should be attainable and defendants need money to do it. There should be no fines, no lawyer, nothing but fair and ethical treatment for sick folks. Even a past President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving got arrested for drunk driving. Back off!


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