Should more dramatic steps be taken to stop drunk driving?

  • DUI laws are not strict enough.

    So many people say that driving drunk us not a problem, but driving drunk kills more often than guns kill. The only people that agree that the DUI laws are to strict are the ones that doing the drunk driving. Here is a question for those people: if your love one was killed by a drunk driver on the first accident, would you still agree that the laws are to strict??

  • An intoxicated individual is far from being able to make safe and rational decisions, and so the decision shouldn't be in his hands.

    Make the car unable to drive if a person is intoxicated. Every car. Is money really a problem? Won't we feel safer without drunks driving around? Won't our wallets be all the fuller without bills from accidents and tickets and fines? Drunk people aren't capable of making sound decisions, so we shouldn't even give them the chance of screwing one up.

  • I think that drunk should be punishment and even kill. We should be harsh with drunk drivers.

    I think that drunks should get evil punishment and even get kill because when they kill other people why don't they think that maybe they got family,kids etc and you just kill them. I think they get the same punishment , they should die. We need more strict law. I think that drunk drivers do not understand what mean do not drink and driving, i think that they just don't care about other people around them, and why should we care about drunk drivers if they don't care about others. They should get harsh punishment so that they understand what means to kill others around them.

  • Drunk Driving Kills

    People die more from drunk driving accidents than from guns. For those that believe that the penalties are to strict, I have a question for you. If it was you or your love one that died as a result of someone else's driving drunk, would you still feel the same way?

  • Repeat Offenders end up deadly

    My sister in law was killed this weekend by a drunk driver with a history of 3 DUI's. When is it going to end? Her brother is a known offender as well with 4 DUI's under his belt. Theses people get behind the wheel and put everyone around them in danger. When they take a life, They are destroying many more in the process. She was only 39, Leaving behind two children. Why?

  • Why the current punishment is not enough?

    I do believe that when it comes to solving a problem, we need to handle it from the root, such as giving prevention through treatment in medical form,etc. But the solution itself also lack of complementary action. The fact that drunk people are still irresponsibly driving and killed hundreds of people every year, it shows us that the punishments that occur in the current status quo aren't strict enough to make those people think twice before they grab the wheel in a drunk situation.

    This is why we need more dramatic steps, to give them awareness, to give them the incentive to actually try rehabilitate themselves to the medical institutions for instance. Because if we only provide those medical institutions, we cannot guarantee that they will instantly go there. That if we provide, imagine if we don't do anything about it?

    I understand that maybe this case is not the main concern of the world right now, like a war or sovereignty, but it does not justify us also if we just let this through, letting more people killed in the streets when we know that person have the same rights to live like us, and we could even be in their position anytime. In conclusion, we need this action.

  • We should have tougher DUI laws!

    So many people have been killed by drunk drivers! It's not safe for younger drivers that are starting to drive get hit by someone who decided to make a bad decision. I myself am about to start driving and im 16 years old for some people thats really old but for others thats really young. I don't want to see anyone else getting because of some who made a bad decision.

  • Laws are smart they need to be punished

    With out laws people that drink and drive would never learn from their mistakes and they would just keep driving drunk killing and injuring alot of people that is why that you need to have laws because a lot of people are stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid.

  • Drunk Driving Is Lethal

    My boyfriend was drunk driving and he hit a couple on there wedding day. They were on their way home from their wedding reception and he was driving over 100 miles per hour and he went into the other lane and hit the couples care and they both were in the ICU in comas. However, in his car he had his best friend in the passenger seat and on the impact his car was totaled and his best friend and him both died on the scene. It goes to show that drunk driving is lethal and can also seriously hurt someone. Just like the people he hit and ending up in the hospital on their wedding night.

  • There is still numerous amounts of drunk driving accidents happening daily

    Both texting and driving as well as drinking and driving are both deadly and extremely dangerous but just focusing on the texting and driving will not help drunk driving. Laws need to be stricter in order to protect people or everything will turn in to chaos. Laws need to be stricter

  • Texting and driving exceeded the deaths due to drinking and driving

    If you feel that drinking and driving should be punished more dramatically you are wrong. As texting and driving now leads to more deaths than drinking. Texting and driving doesn't ruin your career and your life. So rather than making punishment any more harsh for drinking, I believe the real concern should be focused on something that now takes more lives per year than drinking.

  • No, it won't help.

    Drinking is uncontrollable. Even if we use stricter laws, bars are still open. They are still selling beer. And even though we make stricter and more dramatic steps in these things, beer is still legal to the public and should still be sold in the US. It will make a difference, but beer is still sold.

  • No, because why waste money on something that is uncontrollable?

    I really do not see where anything can be done to prevent it. I know that the laws can be made much stronger, and that might work to prevent someone from getting drunk and deciding to drive. But, then again, when people drink, their mind is impaired, and their thinking and rationalizing abilities are not 100%. So, what's to stop them? Adults cannot be babysat.

    Posted by: SlipArnal
  • The penalties are too harsh.

    Many drivers are pulled over and subsequently arrested due to the amount of alcohol within them. Although the chances of an accident are increased, this should not be reason enough to put someone in jail and treat him/her like a criminal. If no one was hurt and there was no accident, it is not fair to violate the driver's liberty and freedom because of damages that "could have taken place."

    Many drivers are still capable of driving after a few drinks. If there is an accident, they will pay for it. The limit should not be .08. It was .1 in the past. Who is deciding whether or not the driver is capable of driving? Based on vision tests?

    And if the driver walks a straight line, says the ABC's, and is coherent, but has a BAC of .08? Because of a traffic violation like, for example, a right on red when no cars are coming? Is this an unsafe move on the road?

    Police are out to bust. They should be more empathetic to citizens.

  • If drunk drivers drive drunk many times, why aren't there more fatalities?

    People argue that drunk drivers drive drunk many times before getting caught. Why weren't there many accidents? Or many fatalities, since MADD will have you believe that each and every drunk driving incident could have been a fatality? You could have killed someone! We hear that all the time. So, why didn't all of these drunk drivers who drove drunk 70-80 times before being caught, kill 70-80 people? The dramatic steps should be to wise up and realize MADD has pressured lawmakers into creating a punitive system that causes extreme hardship on good people. Lawmakers should discard this system and develop one that doesn't hurt drivers who did not hurt anybody.

  • The first offense should be strictly for treatment.

    The defendant should receive a fair opportunity to get alcohol or drug treatment for as long as necessary. Society is trying to play doctor, and clearly has failed. Let the doctors treat the alcoholic or addict. Doctors don't punish people who cause no harm and are suffering from a deadly disease. That doctor would have no patients. Doctors provide care, which is what society needs to do, as well. Alcoholism is a complex disease with genetic origins. Don't blame the alcoholic for being an alcoholic and for committing a harmless traffic offense. As with any traffic matter, if a serious injury occurs, there should be tougher consequences. Otherwise, forget about it. Enough is enough.

  • Laws are not based on Facts

    The laws are based on hysteria, not logic. It's the one traffic offense that can be attributable to disease, yet it's the most harsh. The severity makes it more difficult for alcoholics to achieve sobriety, as they cannot afford treatment. The laws should be lightened and the focus should be on health and medical attention. Those who wish punishment probably do not have a good understanding of addiction, but think they know everything. Every time there is a fatality from a repeat offender, think about what would have happened had the drunk driver had a kinder approach to sobriety.

  • Way way way too harsh

    I dont think the punishment should be anything more than a fine. I have known people who lost their license for a year, that's absolutely ridiculous. How is a person supposed to support themselves? The cops who give out DUI charges should be ashamed, they're preventing our human right to the pursuit of happiness.

  • An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure - drink responsibly

    We should first focus on prevention. People should drink responsibly regardless of if they get behind the wheel or not. And people should look out for others (whether you know them or not) - which we already do in small part today when people don't get served at a bar if the bartender believes they've had too much. We need to look at other preventative measures that encourage responsible socializing for people of all ages.

    Before we consider enacting any legislation, we should looks at the facts (what is the problem, how big is it, how much of it gets solved by legislation - and real numbers/statistics, not opinions). Then we need to know the costs. The US spends too much money on regulation. Sure, we can all argue it's in our best interest, but the mentality that we fund anything, and everything, is putting the US in debt.

    In this case, we have strict laws, the impacts are known, we don't need more. Even MADD has said the problem is repeat offenders not a lower BAC level. Funny, it's like airport security - we know the profile of offenders but instead we make it difficult for everyone!

  • I Was Hit

    A drunk driver hit me many years ago. I do not wish evil things on her. I hope she got the help she needed and is clean and sober today. Accidents happen every day and you are much more likely to be hit by a sober driver than a drunk driver. Texting-while-driving kills more people than any traffic offense. Back off the drunk drivers and let them get the help they need so they don't hurt anybody in the future.

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Anonymous says2013-05-16T01:15:11.667
Yes, more dramatic steps should be taken to stop drunk driving, otherwise there will just be more heartbroken families and young lives lost.
booftah says2013-12-01T14:14:03.913
I know someone that just went for his 14th dui this week and is still a free man. He has travelled around the country state to state hiding this fact. I think its appauling. He should have been banned for life and done jail time. But the judge thought it was his fourth offence. It truelly disgusts me because this man has no respect for anyone or anything. Our roads are not safe because of him. He will continue to drink and drive till he kills an innocent person but who cares it seems.