We Need To Get Tougher On The Carmine Ciarletta’s Of Wisconsin
Too often drinking is considered a ‘past time’ in the same way that others might go to a movie or take a long walk. Everywhere we turn in our society there are ads for beer or other intoxicants, and there is hardly a gathering where an alcoholic beverage is not offered. It is not uncommon to hear of people saying they have a hangover several times a week. How can that in any be healthy?
The facts present themselves everyday as to why we need a mature and reasoned discussion about alcohol and the impact it has on society. There can only be so many front-page new stories. The conversations need to continue around dinner tables, community forums, and political debates.
And when it comes to Wisconsin we need to get tough on first time drunk drivers. Over and over it has been reported not only in this state, but also in tones of disbelief around the nation that Wisconsin slaps only a citation on the first act of getting caught while operating a vehicle while drunk. One does not need to have a degree from a fancy college, or be immersed in data and statistics to know full well that leniency when it comes to drunk driving is simply a recipe for disaster.
Take the 3rd drinking while driving from Carmine Ciarletta which made the news today.
Ciarletta was charged with Operating While Intoxicated after he led Dane County Sheriff’s Deputies on a 4.1 mile chase. Are we not all glad to not have been on that stretch of road at that time.
Ciarletta, 48, was pulled over for a traffic stop on White Crossing Road in the town of Springdale near Highway PD around 9:45 P.M. following another driver called police after seeing Ciarletta’s car “all over the road and varying speeds.”
When stopped Ciarletta appeared to be drinking and had an open bottle of wine in his car. Then things got even more dangerous.
Shortly after the start of the traffic stop Ciarletta put the car in gear, turned around and drove onto Highway PD toward Highway 151. That was simply outrageous. Where in hell did he think he was going to flee to that would not bring the full force of the law down upon him?
Deputies pursued the vehicle for 4.1 miles with a top speed of 62 mph before deputies stopped the vehicle by boxing it in with a low-speed maneuver.
There are stories of this kind daily in the news and frankly as a resident of this state I am tired of it. I want some serious remedies applied this reckless behavior. And the place to start is to make sure that the first time a person is caught drinking and driving a penalty is applied that makes it sting hard enough to not want it to happen again.
Clearly that did not happen to Carmine Ciarletta.