@Mr. PartialI wrote:"There is only one way to avoid a
DUI...Never take a sip..05...Bring it on.!"you
responded:Not true. Lisa Steed and the UHP arrested plenty of
people that weren't drinking. Not only did UHP superiors cover it up,
they gave her an award.Nice deflective straw-man. Update:Lisa was also found out and lost her career. And
those trumped up charges were summarily dismissed.Her malfeasance does not
negate my points.Again....Avoid a DUI ?DON'T Drink and
Drive ! And I might add, drive under any impairment, medications
Who cares if they've lowered the BAC because apparently even after 4
DUI'S you still able to drive and have no real punishment. Driving 120 MPH
sober is reckless but driving that same speed its even worse than reckless and
it should be dealt with. Maybe jail time would be better than a fine, with the
amount of money in the family a fine doesn't seem like a punishment. I
realize in court you cant go with the what if he had killed someone, but lets
not get to that point that he does and if he keeps driving eventually well. I
wonder how many times through the years he has driven while drunk and not gotten
caught. And his job doesn't really matter only sports radio fans will even
know who he is so the term celebrity might be a stretch.
Feel bad for the guy. Feel a lot better for everyone else on the road now.
We've all known people who were stopped for going five miles over the speed
limit (yeah, traffic cops don't have ticket quotas, sure) and were
cold sober when it happened. But not even Mario Andretti should be driving 120
mph on a public road, and with open beer cans in the car? I've always
believed if more drivers who speed while drunk served actual jail time...and if
it were were publicized... it would discourage other idiots from this behavior.
And that might save innocent lives. And is there a higher calling for government
than doing what it can to save innocent lives?
At long last,Lowering the BAC would generally be combined with
harsher penalties and wider penalties. The harsh penalties come
under the same criticism as the lower BAC, right? I agree with you
up until you disagree with yourself, sometimes you just can't get through a
comment without taking a shot at the local majority, but don't contradict a
good point in order to do so.
@Bluto;"There is only one way to avoid a DUI...Never take a sip..05...Bring it on.!"Not true. Lisa Steed and the UHP arrested
plenty of people that weren't drinking. Not only did UHP superiors cover it
up, they gave her an award.
Well, don't worry about this, the new, improved 0.05 DUI law will take care
of it. . . and tourism as well. Why is this guy not in jail after
four DUI arrests? Why is he still licensed to drive? Why do we not penalize
DUI seriously, rather than lower the BAC limit that is nothing other than virtue
signalling by the local majority?
When I was an Uber driver, I picked him up and safely delivered him to his
destination.I'm sorry to hear he chose to drive himself this
It's a waste of human potential that Checkets is abusing his body with
alcohol, it's criminal that he is endangering others by getting behind the
wheel.This man needs serious help!
I had a sister and brother-in-law killed 37 years ago by a drunk driver. They
left behind two daughters, ages 3 and 9 months that were raised by my
parents.What do we have to do the get people to quit drinking and
driving? Run ads? We run them constantly, yet every week we read about another
drunk driver killing somebody. Obviously the message is not getting though.Arrest and convict? The guy that killed my sister and brother-in-law
had multiple DUI arrests and convictions. Even if their licenses are suspended,
they continue to drive.I hope Checketts gets the help he needs and
changes his life. In the meantime, Mr. Checketts, please keep out of the state
of Oregon so I don't have to worry about my life and my family's
There is a law against driving under the influence. It is taught in high school
driver’s education. There are so many alcohol related questions on the
written exam to get a license. It is taught over and over again. No one should
be ignorant of the great harm driving under the influence can do. There is no
excuse. The first offense should carry a hefty fine and mandatory jail time. The
key should be thrown away after a second offense. And, driving down the city
freeway at 120 mph? This guy is as dangerous as a gunman shooting into a crowd.
Guns don’t do near the damage that inebriated drivers do. Criminals think
they are above the law. They do not belong in a law-abiding society. It is too
scary to think of what he could have done to me, my family, my friends, or
This is sad and disappointing, as Checketts certainly knows better. He is one of
the most talented sports commentators in Utah, especially on basketball
subjects, and he will be missed on the air if he is not able to return. Spence
has the ability to be as good as almost any broadcaster in the business, given
his pedigree, intelligence and high interest in sports. But most importantly he
needs to figure out what the problem is. He'll have no shortage of prayers
on his behalf, but it's up to him to step forward and be the man he is
capable of being.
Reckless and foolish some people are, not to mention dangerous and potentially
deadly. some prison time would fit the crime.
Thank God he did not kill or injure someone.He loses his job and Shauna
Lake keeps hers?Addiction is a scourge. Let's hope he gets some
help.There is only one way to avoid a DUI...Never take a sip..05...Bring it on.!
Absolutely inexcusable for both the perp and the legal system. The public
deserves better protection by the courts.
It could be any of us on the wrong end of a 3,500 lb. piece of metal smashing
into us at 120 mph and I agree, it’s past time for Mr. Checketts’
license to be taken away for a very long time.About his time on 1280
The Zone: Although I didn’t care for him and his style at first, over
time he grew on me a bit and I thought the way he and Monson did their show
worked well. But he threw away the lucrative gig by continuing to do something
foolish (and dangerous to the rest of us) and hopefully now will have to more
seriously pay the piper.
I agree that he should have his license revoked, however this will not stop him
from driving. Plenty of people still drive without a license - he needs to be
put behind bars and a mandated drug and alcohol rehab facility. He needs help
getting his life in order.
After the second DUI, serious jail time and lose your license for a year. After
3rd, 5 years in prison and no license, ever again. Any more than that, prison
for life. That person is a ticking time bomb.
Gee. That’s too bad.
I agree with the comments that we are not taking DUI seriously. I am aware of a
family member with multiple DUI’s. The court process dragged out for
months, during which time he repeated the offense, hence multiple DUI’s.
Time was served in jail, but it seemed short and in reality was more of a joke.
His life is still a mess, of his own choosing, but the “collateral
damage” to family is significant.IMO, the legislature does not
want to spend the money on secure treatment facilities for alcohol related
crimes, and moreover, does not want to prosecute vendors who “over
serve” customers. All the while the citizens are killed, maimed and
mourn.It is my understanding that more people are killed and injured
by alcohol-related traffic accidents than gun violence in any given year, yet we
ignore the DUI carnage because it is random and wide spread over time. My personal choice is to not imbibe. Alcohol is legal and therefore
consumable by adults. I just do not want them around vehicles. Conviction of
DUI should carry mandatory interlock for at least five years, with AA meeting
Driving 120 is a "speeding infraction," rather than the misdemeanor
reckless driving that it is?I think Impartial7 has hit the nail on
This is sad on many levels:- DUI should have severe penalties. Loss
of driving privileges should be a minimum. Jail time, especially for someone of
means, should be part of the penalty. - Sad for Spence. Obviously,
he’s a mess. - Sad for sports fans. He’s the best sports
host in Utah, and sadly, he was about the only thing keeping Monson in check.
He is entitled to a legal presumption of innocence in this case.That
said:"Checketts has two prior DUI convictions, court records
show, and in 2003 pleaded guilty to alcohol or drug-related reckless
driving."Why does this man still have a driver license?One DUI is a mistake. Two DUIs should lead to very serious penalties. And 3
DUI or alcohol/drug-related convictions ought to bring a lifetime loss of
driving privileges.10,000 DUI deaths a year in this nation and we
still can't serious with punishment?
4th DUI? Driving up I15 at 120 mph? Whatever this person's
standing in the community, people like him need to be off the roads for the sake
of the rest of us!
Please, for the sake of the public, take this man’s license away for life.
He has willfully endangered people driving drunk four times now, and that is
just his convictions.
What a joke: drunk and driving 120 mph. This guy should never drive again.
Prior convictions too. He needs to do hard time.
No excuse for doing it once. PatheticAnd to have done it at LEAST
4(likely more not caught) times now? He belongs in prison. My
cousin was killed by a DUI driver and I have no tolerance. This is
no different than getting a gun and shooting it randomly with people all around.
Go to jail and stay there