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Should Drunk Drivers Be Charged With Murder For Killing Others?

January 5, 2009

Thankfully not everyone sees the drunk driving issue the way that the Capital Times sees it. 

Last week that online ‘newspaper’ wrote the most outlandish editorial, and started it off with this sentence.  Hang on….it is a whopper of crap.

The thinking behind proposals to further criminalize driving-while-impaired is so backward as to justify the term “medieval.”

While the article does seem to endorse  “mandatory rehabilitation and the threat of having all driving privileges revoked and losing professional licenses and technical licenses “,  there is still a timidity in the piece to say what needs to be clearly stated.  That is, there should be no leeway for drunk driving.  Period.

Last night CBS’s 60 Minutes led off their program with a most remarkable piece on the efforts of a prosecutor in New York that does not cotton to the idea that drunk drivers who kill others should just walk away scott free.  Or be handled with velvet gloves so not to offend the drunks.  Instead she charges them with murder………and wins! 

And I strongly suspect that the majority of my fellow citizens agree more with the New York efforts, than the Cap Times piece.

This is the CBS video, and worth the time to watch.


  1. arnie permalink
    December 9, 2011 10:54 AM

    Generally I don’t learn much when reading post on blogs, however I would like to say that this write-up allowed me to think about things. Your writing amazes me. Thank you, very nice article.

  2. January 7, 2009 11:13 AM

    When I was in high school a friend of mine was killed when a drunk driver failed to stop and the two cars collided. I use collided because an “accident” places no blame. I blame several poor choices. First, someone drank beyond moderation. Second, he got behind a wheel while intoxicated. Third, whomever served him did not stop serving him soon enough and/or did not stop him from driving. Fourth, a traffic sign was ignored.

    I assume the man did not get behind a wheel with the intention of killing. However, I also assume he knew of the increased risk and thought “It won’t happen to me.” did happen to him. His poor choices led to the end of another man’s laughter, tears and life. His poor choices impacted far more people than he was thinking of when he downed another drink or turned the key. He is ultimately responsible for his own actions. More unfortunately, it was the man’s second time on record of being in a collision while driving intoxicated.

    Should he have been charged with negligent manslaughter at the very least? YES!

  3. tomjerkweed permalink
    January 6, 2009 9:07 AM

    The answer to the title of this piece is YES!!!!.

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