Should there be tougher punishments for drunk drivers?

  • Drunk driving changes so many lives in so many ways.

    Even if you don't get into an accident while driving drunk, which is unlikely, there was still a big chance of getting into an accident and severely injuring/killing someone. The reason that people drink with out a plan on how to get home could be because the penalty is to low and they don't care about the fine. If the punishments are higher, people might care about other people's lives as well as their own and have a plan before they become to drunk to drive.

  • DUI Homicide should always be at least second degree murder

    When someone consumes alcohol they are knowingly hindering their functions. Drinking alcohol is almost always a premeditated action. Before someone buys a drink or is given one the person must make a decision to drink it. Any reasonable person would ask themselves, "do I need to drive later?" If someone that has consumed alcohol gets behind the wheel of a car, that is a premeditated action. And as such the person knows of the consequences of drunk driving and is alright with it. Before they took a drink the person has said, "I will drive home and I could possibly kill someone." It is a decision made while in a good state of mind. Killing someone while drunk driving is as much premeditated murder as planning to go to your neighbors house in two days and put a bullet in their head. The only difference is the culprit doesn't know which victim or how many victims they intend to kill, because driving drunk is driving to kill.

  • They CHOSE to drive drunk

    They, of their own free will, chose to drive drunk. They chose to get drunk. They chose to start drinking, and in so doing, chose to put their drunken mind in charge of their body. They could have easily taken precautions before drinking. They made the choice to seriously endanger the lives of others, and we should not make it easy to commit that crime again, any more than we should make it easy to repeat randomly spraying bullets around with an assault rifle.

  • YES! Quit Wrecking Lives.

    I believe that drinking and driving is very dangerous. Not only could/do you severely injure yourself but every person around you is in danger. And these innocent people haven't done anything wrong. So why take away someone's daughter, son, cousin, best friend or parent? All because YOU weren't thinking because YOU made the decision to get intoxicated? And were not stupid we know when were intoxicated what could happen if we get behind the wheel. So therefore I think absolutely yes there should be stronger penalties. Because we know the consequences of drinking and driving, but if you do it anyways and hurt/kill somebody ITS ALL YOUR FAULT!!!! The person that got injured didn't ask for you to do that, and not only could you take their life or their right to ever walk again but you tear apart families, and I don't think its fair that the drunk person could get out of jail before the victim gets out the hospital, so to end my case with that, yes I DEMAND a stronger penalty for drunk drivers.

  • No more drunk people

    People get hurt so we need to make this stop and make them suffer the consequences. They need to learn not to drink while driving no matter if they are dared or are just doing it for fun. Even if they do, they should take a cab & stay away from the wheel.

  • No more drunk people

    People get hurt so we need to make this stop and make them suffer the consequences. They need to learn not to drink while driving no matter if they are dared or are just doing it for fun. Even if they do, they should take a cab & stay away from the wheel.

  • Yes, they should be more penalized.

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  • There should Be tougher punishments

    Imagine if you lost a family member because of a drunk driving accident. And imagine if they weren't the ones who were drunk driving. Now imagine if you were the one who was driving while drunk and someone became the victim of your accident now can u understand how the victim's family members would feel. So if the laws become stricter there will be less loses. I'm not saying that there will be not deaths. There will always be someone who will think won't get caught, but yeah there will be less deaths.

  • Yes, the punishments are not severe enough.

    The punishment for drunk driving is 90 days in jail and license is restricted to 15 years in jail and license taken away. It should be 20-25 years if you kill someone or many people. The first time doing it and not killing anyone should stay at 90 days in jail but they should increase the amount in time in jail for killing someone. All fines should increase.

  • Not a choice when mentally impaired

    Drunk drivers do not necessarily knowingly drive drunk. Many are just slightly above the legal limit. Some are alcoholics and are so intoxicated they don't know how they ended up driving. Some are in a blackout. If there isn't an accident (as most drunk driving incidents don't result in an accident), then let the defendant spend time and money in rehab, not on silly fines, community service, etc. Not to mention the exorbitant cost of hiring a lawyer to defend an uneventful case. The event should be that a problem drinker has been identified. The real tragedy is that the legal costs of a DUI/DWI often prohibit a sick person from getting well. They are destined to repeat the offense without proper treatment. Speeders are sober and kill as many innocent people as drunk drivers. Sober drivers kill twice as many people as drunk drivers. Why don't you care about those cases? Is it more fun for you to pick on defendants with a disease? Shame on you!

  • It's All About Prejudice

    Prejudice against alcoholics motivates people to want stiffer penalties. Why don't you feel the same way about other impaired individuals? How about driving-while-elderly? Driving-while-daydreaming? Driving-While-Smoking-A-Cigarette? There are so many TV programs, research studies, government agencies, etc., to help people understand the disease of alcoholism. Rather than accept the science, people want to hurt those who didn't hurt them. We are getting close to finding a solution to help people control their drinking. Just like we have solutions for over-eaters, unhealthy eaters, binge eaters, etc., so that people can still eat, but without harming themselves. Try supporting a research study to find a solution rather than inflicting pain on those who are suffering and are harming themselves, but not you.

  • It's Way Too Severe Already

    MADD pushed for tough laws decades ago. Rather than examine the judicial process and make corrections, they continue to argue for increased penalties. MADD makes money on drunk drivers. Drunk drivers have to pay MADD to attend a victim panel discussion. This does not take the place of addiction treatment and doesn't help society or the drunk driver. Defendants must concentrate on recovery instead of silly court requirements, fines, community service, etc. Addiction is a disease. We are beginning to see the benefits of Drug Courts and Mental Health Courts but still need the funds for more DUI Courts in order to save lives. We must stop this insane attitude towards those addicted and provide the right path to sobriety.

  • These are rubber stamp punishments

    Remove mandatory minimums and let the judges do there jobs. One size does not fit all. Drunk driving is not someone else's problem. About 10% of American drivers have a DUI on their record. Countless others have been injured or killed in DUI accidents. Heavy handed groups like MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving)
    have pushed us into an insane set of DUI laws that ruin innocent lives without making us safer. Drivers encounter a stacked deck masquerading under the name "criminal justice."

  • No. Focus on Rehabilitation

    The penalties for drunk driving are ridiculous, considering sober drivers kill most people. Texting-while-driving is the leading cause of traffic deaths, yet the punishment is less severe than drunk driving. Judges should put treatment as the priority if the defendant is addicted, so the drunk driving offense will not be repeated. Some defendants suffer from multiple addictions and/or mental illness and need the money for proper health care.

  • No, the punishments are properly placed.

    Although the punishments between states vary a bit, the penalty for driving intoxicated could be considered harsh already. Depending on if you crash into another vehicle, the first time offence in a lot of states could get you 6 months jail, $5,000 fine, and loss of license (anywhere from 6-24 months). Drunk driving is a very popular topic and shouldn't be tolerated under and circumstances. However, I think another argument should be for the punishments for texting while driving.

  • No, the penalties are already severe.

    Although it is a dangerous and irresponsible act to drive while intoxicated, the penalties are already quite stiff, especially if someone causes harm to another as a result of the act. The criminal punishment plus the social stigma is probably enough as it stands. Our prisons are too full anyway, so the best approach is to take away licenses.

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