Once again the new year is upon us and our legislature, at the behest of MADD and AAIM has passed sundry new laws regarding DUI and driving on suspended and revoked. I appreciate the attention they have paid to this area of law but wonder if these resources could not be betters spent elsewhere.
We all want to live in a safer society and drunk driving is clearly a danger to us all. However, many years of stiffening penalties has not necessarily born out the reduction in drunk driving that these organization have hoped for.
I believe that resources are better spent on the law enforcement end of the equation rather than on the punishment end.
AAIM and MADD spend millions of dollars on lobbyists in the effort to effect changes in law which punish drivers who are arrested for DUI. This money would and could be better spend by increasing the number of officers on the road and better equipping these officers to do their job.
Every time an officer stops a vehicle that is swerving that leads to a DUI arrest they are saving a potential life. That officer has stopped someone from potentially killing another human being.
Severe punishment does not stop that driver from putting the keys in the ignition and starting the car. I will grant you that severe punishment gives society a sense of well being but it is ineffectual in saving lives.
Do not drink and drive.