Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Way Too Harsh

A couple of weeks ago, there was an article that appeared in The New York Times regarding the the State of New York legislature attempting to pass a law that would make a first time DWI a felony if the accused had a child in the vehicle with them. I'm all for making our streets safer, but we're talking about a first time DWI here, not armed robbery, manslaughter, murder, or rape. A felony? Please. No, you shouldn't drink and drive, especially if you decide to have a child in the vehicle with you. The risk to the child's safety takes a quantum leap if you have alcohol in your system. But to make it a felony is way too harsh. Make it more difficult for that person to become a valid driver again, but don't make the punishment far outway the crime.

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