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post #31 of 33
Originally posted by Tybalt
Her date was drunk, ran a red light, and t-boned another car. He staggered away unhurt. She died in my grandmother's arms after struggling for her life for three days. She was sixteen years old. I think the penalty for a DUI death should be death. Alcoholics are treated with such kid gloves in the US, it is a national shame.
Well, this is a touchy subject for everyone, because everyone has a story to tell about someone they knew who was hurt or killed by a drunk driver. But I think that a lot of people know someone who was caught DUI and who had the sh*t scared out of them. These people will never drive drunk again (and I have several friends who fall into this category). And because of their stories, I won't either.

As for alcoholics being treated with kid gloves, I've had a much different experience than you have, and in my own immediate family. Besides getting in trouble with the law, the alcoholic I'm thinking of got in trouble with the family and was threatened with being committed-that finally drove them to rehab and sobriety. Kid gloves have nothing to do with what happened.
post #32 of 33
The unfortunate & cruel truth of the matter is that in 90% of drunk driving accidents if there is an injury or fatality it will be the innoccent. The ones who were at the wrong place at the wrong time. I agree that drunk driving laws are way to low here. My uncle was a drunk driver, he would get busted for it at least 3 times a month. He never lost his license, luckly he never killed anyone, & his only accidents where self smashes but it could so easily have been different.
post #33 of 33
Sadly, contrary to popular belief, there is no statewide open container law in Colorado. It IS, however, generally illegal to drive with an open container..... since almost every municipality has an open container law on their books. Technically, though, on the Interstates inbetween municipalities, it would be legal to drive with an open container AS LONG AS you are not 'impaired' (BAC of 0.10% or more).

Unfortunately it is only a misdemeanor to drive while impaired here. At least, until you're a repeat offender. The penalty does go up... not enough in my opinion. Then, of course, as a habitual offender - a class 5 felony - your license is revoked, and you're given jail time of up to 3 years.

Now, if the JUDGES would just sentence these people the way they're SUPPOSED to be sentenced, maybe it would help a bit.

No one wins when someone drinks and drives.
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