Letters to the Editor

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Tag: DUI


BAIL: Many factors impact bail amount

Re: “Lower bail for DUI than for killing a dog?” (letter, 1-29).

The writer has no idea what bail is or why it is set at a particluar level.

To begin with, we have this odd thing called a Constitution. Washington has one and so does the United States. It provides that people are not guilty of anything until after they are convicted. In fact, they are actually innocent until convicted.

Secondly, the purpose of bail has never been to punish an offender. That is what sentencing is for after a person is found guilty.

Bail is the amount the court

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DUI: Lower bail than for kicking a dog?

Nicholas Tresness is charged with kicking a Chihuahua to death (TNT, 1-27), and his bail is set at $25,000.

Mark Bachner is suspected of drunk driving and hitting a family of five, severely injuring an 11-year-old girl plus others in the car (TNT, 1-27). His bail is set at $15,000 – $10,000 less than for kicking a dog!

Where is the logic here? A big rant to the Pierce County Superior Court. Shame on you! Drunk driving is still not taken very seriously in Washington state.



DUI: Money couldn’t have influence, right?

Re: “Was sentence for 7th DUI wrong?” (TNT, 5-25).

I don’t understand what all the fuss is about concerning Shaun Goodman’s work release sentence for his seventh DUI offense. He didn’t even kill anyone. I am certain Goodman was given the same consideration he would have had were he driving a 1978 Plymouth at over 100 mph on that Dec. 29 evening instead of a Ferrari.

The thought that there exists a two-tiered legal system is ridiculous. That would mean most of the people incarcerated in our prisons came from poor families. It would mean that racism and other

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DUI: Penalties aren’t severe enough for offenders

Two articles in Thursday’s paper got me wondering more about our penal system and what criminal behaviors are deemed less important than others regarding being under the influence of alcohol.

A man is found guilty of sexually assaulting a child while under the influence of alcohol and was sentenced to 35 years to life in prison while another man under the influence of alcohol is looking at 6½ years in prison for killing a man in a car accident in which he was going the wrong way.

Does this seem fair? In our society, crime against children is recognized as

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DRIVING: Technology is being underutilized

Re: “DUI suspect had 5 kids, 2 adults in car” (TNT, 7-15).

With today’s advanced technology, why can’t those who have had their driver’s license suspended be made to wear a bracelet or anklet that works in conjunction with a device attached to the ignition system of any motor vehicles available to them that prevents the vehicle from being started or running once started?

We require a device to be installed into the ignition system of a vehicle of someone convicted of DUI. Why can’t a device be installed that would prevent an individual from starting or getting behind

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DUI: State reaps revenue from interlock devices

Re: “DUI laws have interlock companies ‘salivating’” (TNT, 5-30).

I enjoyed the article regarding the ignition interlock industry in Washington state, but what wasn’t mentioned was the hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue the state generates from all the fees it has added to the cost of having one of these installed in your vehicle.


GUNS: Why not address real causes of death?

President Obama feels that Congress has let us down by not passing a gun-control bill. He feels that even if the law will just save one life it is worth it. Removing emotion and political gamesmanship, let’s look at facts.

Annually over 11,000 people are killed by drunk drivers. Annually close to 4,000 people are murdered in the U.S. by illegal citizens. Annually there are close to 380,000 abortions in the U.S. The number of murders by handguns in the U.S. is close to 10,000 per year with less than 1,000 of these being children under the age of 18.

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DUI: Confiscate vehicles of repeat offenders

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

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