Tougher penalties in DUI cases
Dec 11, 2012 | 4014 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print


Marshall County has seen a rash of DUI-related crashes this year that have resulted in death or serious injury. Most of those cases have been settled before ever making their way to a jury.

The two latest ones have been at the expense of the lives of innocent victims.

But for every DUI case we’ve read about or seen news coverage about, there are at least a dozen more that did not receive such prominent news coverage.

A glance at the court docket on any given week in Marshall County will reveal one or more drivers arrested and charged with driving under the influence, many of them repeat offenders.

For most law enforcement officers, job number one is to find and arrest a driver who is endangering the lives of innocent travelers making their way to work, school, the grocery or just out for a leisurely drive. Keeping our roadways safe is of the utmost importance to them.

So many times our system allows loopholes and plea agreements that allow drivers get off without much more than a slap on the wrist after being caught behind the wheel drinking.

Some will argue we’ve come a long way since the day an impaired driver would be transported in the back of a police cruiser to his home to sober up. And, that’s true.

But as long as innocent lives are in jeopardy on our roads, we have more work to do.

It’s time to get tough, really tough on drunk drivers.

It’s time to stop continually allowing attorneys the ability to call into question the validity of blood alcohol levels.

It’s time for judges to take a harsh stand from the bench on offenders.

I applaud the Harper family members who were in the courtroom for every single hearing in the Tiffany Pittman case. Nothing can bring back their loved one, but perhaps their diligence in seeing justice served will call attention to how far we have to go to get impaired drivers off the roads. 

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