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DUI: Confiscate offenders’ vehicles

Letter by Jeff Scott, Graham on Oct. 13, 2011 at 11:03 am with 6 Comments »
October 13, 2011 2:01 pm

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.

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. Tacoma’s “finest” pulled over a couple of guys who were too drunk to walk, let alone drive, in front of my business. About a half hour later I realized that the cops were gone, the drunks’ car parked in front of my business and the drunks, doing what the cops told them to do, were sleeping it off 10 feet from my front door.

    I told the drunks they had to leave. The wobbled to their car and drove off.

    Gotta love the Tacoma Police!

    DUI is a serious offense that should have serious consequences:

    Immediate suspension of their license
    Impound the vehicle
    Hard Jail time
    very large fines.

  2. redneckbuck says:

    Impound and sell the car, procedes going to the state is a great idea.

  3. People intent on breaking the law, will break the law. I’m not sure that the government getting into the used car business is the best us of our time and funds.

    Incarceration is spendy also, but controls the problem until you can deal with the disease.

  4. redneckbuck says:

    Kardos, the status quo is not working. Taking the car will prevent them from driving. We are talking about 2% of the population here. Incarceration takes years of appeals in some cases.

  5. KARDNOS – There was a local bar in SF where an obvious alcoholic would come, drink his standard pitcher of Manhattans and then take a CAB RIDE home.

    Even if you cured all alcoholism, the binge drinker would still be driving. As an alcoholic former roommate once told me, “I never go out on New Year’s or St. Patrick’s Day – it’s amateur night”.

    Teatotaling is your solution – not the basis for sound policy. Enforcement of strict penalties would create a strong incentive – and boost local cab companies’ business.

  6. redneckbuck says:

    stiffer penalties will never happen. Liberals in charge will never let that happen, after all they can’t help it, it’s a disease right!

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