Read this article for background: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/30/AR2009073004030.html
I think drunk driving should be punished thusly:
- 1st offense, no fatality: permanent revoking of the offender's driving privileges
- 2nd offense, no fatality: mandatory installation of breathlyzer for offender's cars (and all cars to which the offender has access)
- 3rd offense, no fatality: 10 year prison sentence
- fatality (regardless of # of offense): charged with murder 1
To me anyone who drinks and drives is essentially saying: "everybody's live isn't worth the inconvenience of me taking a cab". The person is saying: "hmm, who can I find to kill tonight". I really don't care if you took 1 or 2 drinks. Why should everybody have to pay a hefty price for your inability to watch what you drink?
Take the care of this f**king bastard. He rang up tab of $107 (17 bottles of Corona, 2 Lemon Drops and 1 Cuervo Gold) and proceeded to get on the highway. He causes an accident, leaves the scene, calls 911 to report his injury and then checks into an hotel room. Doesn't turn himself in until the next day. So tell me, what right does a bastard like that have to life? Why should he live when he knowingly consumed a huge amount of alcohol before driving? BTW, this guy has previous convictions for drunk driving, reckless driving, selling marijuana and speeding.
To add insult to injury, he's only charged and convicted for manslaughter and could be out in 4 years with the slate wiped clean. This means in 4 years, this bastard will be free to kill more children just so he can drink. I hope he gets what's coming to him in prison.