DWI Changes

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) posted its “Most Wanted List.” The list includes NTSB’s suggested transportation safety improvements for 2009-2010 which require actions to be taken by federal agencies.

According to one recommendation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) should:

Eliminate hard core drinking driving by enacting legislation to reduce crashes involving repeat offenders who drink large amounts of alcohol, including:

  • Frequent, statewide sobriety checkpoints.
  • More effective measures (sanctions/treatment) for first time arrests with high blood alcohol concentration and repeat offenders.
  • Zero blood alcohol requirements for those already convicted of driving while intoxicated.
  • Administrative license revocation for refusing to take or failing an evidential test for alcohol.
  • Vehicle sanctions for DWI offenders to separate drinking from driving.
  • Elimination of plea-bargaining DWI offenses and programs that divert offenders and purge offense records.
  • DWI offense records retention for at least 10 years to identify repeat offenders.
  • Special sanction court-based programs such as DWI courts for hard core DWI offenders.

What’s there to think about? Innocent lives are at stake. Just do it. I’m tired of stories of repeat offenders killing people. Do we just let them off until they destroy other lifes? What’s your view?

Down the Road – Mike


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