Rifleman and Owl, I agree with both of you on most points. Perhaps
some common sense modifications to the laws is in order. The .08 standard is too
low. Bring the standard back to .10. The impairment differential is negligible
and limited resources can concentrated on the more severely impaired. Distracted driving is no different than drunk driving. The net result is the
same thus the punishment should be the same. Owl, you are wrong
about the liquor industry. Accidents and deaths are bad for the liquor
industry. The fewer deaths and accidents the fewer regulations on them . Every
time the rates go up the legislature acts in a knee-jerk manner and passes some
do-nothing, feel-good regulation. As we all know, regulation is the bane of a
businesses existence.There will always be impaired people on the
road. Nothing we do can eliminate the threat. Listen to the UHP and let them
step up enforcement. Don't pass a bunch of foolish laws that distract from
the true danger (.08%...).
This will continue until legislators become serious about DUI enforcement. In
Europe there are suspensions, revocations and jail time. The liquor industry
will vigorously fight any attempt to protect citizens and the legal profession
will be their willing accomplice. As advertised on radio, lawyers still make it
easy to avoid responsibility for DUI. It will be easy to identify legislators
under the influence of bar owners, etc. by their stance on legislation.
Drunk drivers kill people. They need to serve a lengthy jail sentence for their
very first conviction.