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Stay sober behind wheel

December 3, 2013

With the holiday season upon us, it’s appropriate to once again consider the very serious dangers of drunken driving and driving while impaired by drugs, be they illegal or prescription....

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rocky1

Dec-03-13 12:16 PM

This should be a no brainer!

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Scarecrow57

Dec-03-13 12:54 PM

There is a huge difference between being drunk and being legally drunk. In the former one is incapable of rational thought, judgement, and lacks body control; in the latter not so much so. It is interesting to note that the DWI laws have been essentially ineffective in curbing DWI deaths. According to the NHTSA in 1980 alcohol related fatalities accounted for 35% of all highway fatalities. Over the last 33 years this percentage has remained at 35% to 38%. One would expect that if harsher draconian laws were having an affect this percentage would change. Obviously, the only things these laws accomplish are line the pockets of the state and create undo hardship on the offenders.

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TiredOfTax

Dec-03-13 1:12 PM

Umm it is an unusual topic when I agree with both of these prior posters...

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adkkev

Dec-03-13 2:21 PM

SC: So, in the last statement of your post, are you advocating the abolition of DWI/DWAI laws? Or some sort of change, and if so, what? Thanks for your thoughts & input on the subject.

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BEREAL64

Dec-03-13 2:43 PM

Thank you for the miss leading information Scarecrow. In 1980 the total deaths due to auto accidents were 51,091. In 2012 the total deaths due to auto accidents were 34,080. That’s with a substantial increase in the total miles driven in the US. The percent of the total number of deaths may be the same but the total number of deaths has decreased by 33%. Also, the attitude in 1980 was to let someone go if they appeared to have had “just a few” or they were just a few blocks from home. Also, people of status would be driven home and no ticket would be issued in 1980. That is not the case now. With the change in enforcement the percent would have increased under your assumptions. Instead the percent has stayed the same with stronger enforcement and the total number of accidents has decreased by 33%. Stricter enforcement has made a difference in lives. Also, when you look at undue hardship, why don’t you talk to some of the victims of drunk drivers.

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usedtolivethere

Dec-04-13 7:02 AM

"undue hardship on the offenders"? no...it's a due hardship

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drugsrus

Dec-04-13 1:38 PM

It's a small wonder that any bars are still able to survive financially with the way "they" have been cracking down, and the self appointed cell phone brigade constantly calling to report anything that might be considered "suspicious" behavior.

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usedtolivethere

Dec-05-13 7:08 AM

Both drugs and TOT seem to support overindulgence with their posts here. As drugs has said many times in this forum, you can't fix stupid

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TiredOfTax

Dec-08-13 3:24 PM

Used, it looks like you still having comprehension problems... use a DICTIONARY so you can stay up on the discussions. Come on sweetie you can do it! And apparently you are right about one thing, you can't fix stupid! But do not give up... baby steps... small ones!

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