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    Re: Canadian Gets Life for Driving Drunk

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    LOL... Wow, I'm impressed. Most people don't know that about second hand smoke. I was aware of it, but really didn't want to debate second hand smoke, so I just went with the status quo there. And I don't smoke cigarettes.
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    OK, on the harshness of my position. Maybe we could agree for it on the 2nd offense?
    I would agree with you on the first offense if the person killed someone. If you use a car as a weapon to kill someone, your right to use a vehicle should be forfeited. If you make the poor choice of driving while intoxicated, but no one is injured, they should go about it as they already do. I

    I still think the first offense should be more harsh than it currently is in most states. Can we agree on that?
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    Re: Canadian Gets Life for Driving Drunk

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    I would agree with you on the first offense if the person killed someone. If you use a car as a weapon to kill someone, your right to use a vehicle should be forfeited. If you make the poor choice of driving while intoxicated, but no one is injured, they should go about it as they already do. I


    See above post.
    fair enough.
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    Re: Canadian Gets Life for Driving Drunk

    Quote Originally Posted by Shep Dawg View Post
    fair enough.
    Good discussion.
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    Re: Canadian Gets Life for Driving Drunk

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    Good discussion.
    I agree.
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    Re: Canadian Gets Life for Driving Drunk

    Quote Originally Posted by Shep Dawg View Post
    OK, on the harshness of my position. Maybe we could agree for it on the 2nd offense?
    Definitely.
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    I think a huge problem in this country is the lack of public transportation made available to those who drink. Yes, at the end of the day, it is the citizen who must make the decision to get behind the wheel, but I think as a government who has decided to make this particular intoxicant legal, it shares in some of the responsibilities of safe transport. I have lived in several large metropolitan cities where public transportation isn't available after early evening, far before all the incidents occur. It seems to me that a lot of the problem could be avoided by providing at least a basic form of transportation or at least come up with some program where it doesn't cost 25-50 dollars just to get home.

    Another idea I have, which puts less strain on an infrastructure and instead restricts businesses slightly is to require that an establishment that serves alcohol must remain open for a period of time (I don't have a particular number in mind) after last call is given. In every bar I have ever been to at close, you are literally herded out the door, regardless of your intoxication level.

    It's unfortunate, but based on the nature of the intoxicant, harsh punishments aren't necessarily the way to go. An intoxicated person doesn't weigh consequences as he/she walks out the door towards the car properly.

    It all comes down to whether or not you think the burden of responsibility lies solely in the individual person or society (that chooses to allow this intoxicant) as a whole.

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    Re: Canadian Gets Life for Driving Drunk

    Them Canadians just can't hold their liquor.
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    Re: Canadian Gets Life for Driving Drunk

    Quote Originally Posted by Midwest Lib View Post
    I think a huge problem in this country is the lack of public transportation made available to those who drink. Yes, at the end of the day, it is the citizen who must make the decision to get behind the wheel, but I think as a government who has decided to make this particular intoxicant legal, it shares in some of the responsibilities of safe transport. I have lived in several large metropolitan cities where public transportation isn't available after early evening, far before all the incidents occur. It seems to me that a lot of the problem could be avoided by providing at least a basic form of transportation or at least come up with some program where it doesn't cost 25-50 dollars just to get home.

    Another idea I have, which puts less strain on an infrastructure and instead restricts businesses slightly is to require that an establishment that serves alcohol must remain open for a period of time (I don't have a particular number in mind) after last call is given. In every bar I have ever been to at close, you are literally herded out the door, regardless of your intoxication level.

    It's unfortunate, but based on the nature of the intoxicant, harsh punishments aren't necessarily the way to go. An intoxicated person doesn't weigh consequences as he/she walks out the door towards the car properly.

    It all comes down to whether or not you think the burden of responsibility lies solely in the individual person or society (that chooses to allow this intoxicant) as a whole.
    no, no.

    the drink isn't illegal, your conduct when you drink is subject to law. as it should be. drink at home, or get a bus. the burden lies does not lie with society, it lies with the individual. we know the rules, and this particular rule is sound.

    now, it might be NICE if cheap transport was available, but it's not the gov't job to provide it.

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