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Published: Thursday, Oct. 18 2012 7:17 a.m. MDT

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Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Drunk drivers kill people. They need to serve a lengthy jail sentence for their very first conviction.

Owl
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

dave
Park City, UT

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%...).

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