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DUI: Confiscate vehicles of repeat offenders

Letter by Mike Dunn, Gig Harbor on April 22, 2013 at 1:35 pm with No Comments »
April 22, 2013 3:06 pm

Re: “Throw every legal penalty in sight at DUI drivers” (editorial, 4-21).

Your editorial supports the proposed legislation to toughen DUI laws. We already have some of the toughest DUI laws in the country and have not stopped the carnage.

What is really needed to thwart the repeat offender, who does not care about complying with an interlock order or having a valid driver’s license, is immediate forfeiture of his vehicle. We already have such laws regarding the use of a vehicle for a drug transaction.

Additionally, anyone who lends a vehicle to a repeat violator should also be subject to a forfeiture. To lend your vehicle to a repeat offender is already subject to civil liability for negligent entrustment. Taking away the repeat offender’s ability to harm others is sound public policy.

Increasing mandatory incarceration to 364 days, as has been proposed, rather than making a third DUI a felony, only shifts the cost the state says it cannot bear to the cities and counties. There are many examples of chronic offenders, who have served a year in jail, only to drive drunk immediately upon release. Take away their means of destruction.

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