Posted Monday, February 16, 2009, at 10:31 AM
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  • Unfortunately there is probably not a law that covers this sort of behavior. If the drunk driving laws in this country were any where near tough enough, there wouldnt have to be. If you think about it, all drunk driving is premeditated. Everyone that has a drivers license knows that it is against the law to drive drunk, they know what the legal limit is, and they know about how much is too much, all of this information is in the drivers licensing book and several questions pertaining to this subject are on the drivers test.

    When a driver gets behind the wheel of a car after drinking, they know they have been drinking, and they know it may be possible to test over the limit. They will use the excuse that they are not over thier personal limit, or that the testing machine is wrong, there is a limitless number of excuses. The fact is that your body will process 1 oz. of alcohol per hour, nothing will speed this up. It doesnt matter how big you are, how experienced you are at drinking, or how well you hold your alcohol.

    If you cant find a ride home from the bar, maybe you shouldnt have been there in the first place. I know a lot of heavy drinkers, they drink, they have fun, they get crazy, but they dont drive even if they have to walk. I think 1st offense drunk driving should yeild at least 6 months in jail mandatory and loss of license for 1 year. If they do it again, ther is no reason to ever give thier license back.

    -- Posted by seentoomuch on Mon, Feb 16, 2009, at 12:39 PM
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    I won't comment about motorcycle helmet use, but I will make a brief comment about tobacco use.

    Tobacco was the number 1 cause of death in 2000 with 435,000 deaths. Alcohol deaths for the same time frame from all causes, not just drunk driving was 85,000. The MADD numbers mentioned are far less.

    Now I admit that smoking is an individual choice as is drinking. But statistics show that the least educated and poorest of the population are most likely to smoke. We end up picking up substantial expense, for those that have no health insurance through higher taxes, and insured patients with higher health insurance premiums passed on to everyone.

    No doubt we're paying for both vices but I think tobacco likely costs us more in the long run. I sure don't appreciate my expensive health insurance premiums when I know that tobacco use by others is partly to blame.

    -- Posted by Brian Hoag on Tue, Feb 17, 2009, at 11:32 AM
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    Oops... I said that tobacco was the #1 cause of death in 2000 which is incorrect, but the total number is correct.

    -- Posted by Brian Hoag on Tue, Feb 17, 2009, at 11:40 AM
  • I think wearing a motorcycle helmet should be a choice made by the rider. If you make a bad choice, most likely you will only harm yourself. Alcohol and tobacco use has been proven to cause harm to other people that did not make the choice. I dont have a big problem with smokers, I choose not to smoke, and if the smoke of another person is bothering me, I will leave.

    We may not always get the chance to get out of the way of a drunk driver, the penalty for drunk driving needs to be much worse than it is now.

    -- Posted by seentoomuch on Tue, Feb 17, 2009, at 5:26 PM
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