Having lost a close family friend to drunk driving in my teens, I have grown tired of seeing others go through the same thing. The Barkus family was destroyed in August 1999; a sign marks the spot just above the Puyallup Fairgrounds on state Route 512.
At what point do the people of Pierce County say, “Enough is enough”? Too often the suspect is a repeat offender. We elect officials to handle this matter. The police are tired of spineless laws that turn drunks back out onto the street to offend over and over again.
The solution is simple, and if the ruling party cannot get it together and handle this at the state level, then our officials in Pierce County should start it here. Our County Council is filled with solid problem solvers.
The solution is to confiscate the vehicle that is used in the offense. Whether the person is stoned or drunk, the car must go away. Regardless of the plea, the vehicle is gone. You are drunk, you lose your ride. If the car is owned by the bank, that’s your problem. The state gets the dough, and you still owe the bank. If you borrowed the car from a friend, that person should make better choices. Your friend loses.
Pierce County has the chance to set the example in the state. This should have happened a long time ago. In honor of the Barkus family, the Barkus Bill should be created and passed.