A human trait(emotions)
I agree that the law can be improved...including the all-important record keeping.
Rather than having an emphais on "punishment", there must be prevention instead.
Drunks are unhappy people.
Sadly we call them accidents, I don't think many actual accidents really happen. I tend to think of them more as negligent driving episodes. Knock wood I haven't caused any harm to other drivers during my lifetime, yet I have been on the receiving end of other negligent drivers vehicles, once on a motorcycle and several times in larger vehicles.
Drunk or not I think there needs to be stiffer penalties for driving negligent(causing accidents).
I really don't see too much difference between being drunk and just plain negligent. If there was no insurance maybe people would be more careful especially if they had to go to jail when harming another individual, instead we allow people to shrug it off "sorry your back is broken(because I was running late)but my insurance should cover that". I really wonder how people live with themselves at times.
Stiffer penalties all around IMO.
The truth is that many people have drunk drove before. In many many States, 0.05 starts the DWAI/DUI laws. Lots of people have had a few drinks and gotten behind the wheel and never got caught. The vast majority of drinking and driving cases end up with the individual making it home safety (not that it’s overall as safe as driving sober, of course it’s not, but it’s very frequent). So this perception that they’ve never done it, that it is performed only by the most derelict of us all leads to this ability to crusade against it (and on some levels, it’s very much like religious zealousness). They cry for harsher punishments without thinking about who all will be caught up in the system because of it and whether or not the punishment is even appropriate.
Neglectful driving, on the other hand, is perceived as well more frequent. Who hasn’t driven while eating, or talking on their phone, and on some level now even texting? Everyone has been neglectful t some point. So it’s seen as more accidental and even the most zealous of the anti-Drinking and Driving crusaders out there wouldn’t sell themselves up the river even if it produced safer roads. So they don’t think much about that, they’re more likely to forgive, more willing to say “well you got home without harming anyone”. It’s a lot harder to stand your high horse on your soap box for generalized neglectful driving because it’s perceived as common and that everyone (not just the derelicts) has done it at some point.
In the end, I do agree that functionally it’s equivalent and one should face equivalent punishments. Now I wonder how many people out there would complain if talking on the phone netted about 10K worth of fines, months of classes, even more months of therapy, losing one’s license, etc. I have a feeling that people would find the punishment well too excessive once they can envision themselves being subjected to it.
You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
I'm taking "negligent" to mean something like day dreaming, being distracted, etc.
Last edited by barbarian_style; 04-13-12 at 01:35 PM.
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