Letters to the Editor

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Tag: DUI

May
27th

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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Oct.
24th

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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July
15th

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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May
31st

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.

April
24th

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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April
22nd

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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April
1st

DUI: We’ve made it easier to buy hard liquor

Re: “More must be done to stop repeat drunk drivers” (editorial, 3-29).

Any legislation or stiffer regulation on drunk driving meets the same argument as gun control. The problem with passing stricter penalties is the Legislature and lobbying.

There are plenty of legislators who like their alcoholic drinks as much as the NRA likes its guns. No presiding judge or legislators want to increase their own chances of receiving a DUI. They penalize the lawbreakers in a public courtroom, but they also realize it could affect them as well.

Let’s face it, it took many years to reduce a

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Nov.
7th

CRIME: Where’s justice in two sentences?

I read two separate articles on the same page of The News Tribune Saturday regarding the sentencing of people found guilty of their crimes.

The first was about an office manager who embezzled $1 million from Tacoma Orthopedic Surgeons and received a seven-year prison sentence. The other is about a drunk driver who crossed the center line of the highway, hitting another vehicle head-on and killing a Milton man. The drunk driver received three years and 11 months in prison.

What does it say about our society that we value money more than life? Who experienced the greater

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