The organization contends that increased emphasis on treatment, more checkpoints intended to identify drunk drivers before they can harm anyone and targeted investigations aimed at bars with a record of allowing customers to drink excessively and then climb behind the wheel would keep highways safer than tougher penalties.
The topic spurred a lively conversation among our readers.
Here's an exchange by someone who feels that current policies are more about collecting cash than crash prevention and a response from a law enforcer with an interesting point of view.
Tracy Strode writes:
Said it before and will say it again, DUIs exist as a cash-grab. Nobody making or enforcing the law actually cares whether the people getting DUI's drive drunk again and again and again, as long as they pay their fines! I was almost killed by a drunk driver who had had 6 prior DUI's. He paid all his fines and the courts got tons of money out of him, but didn't stop him from driving drunk even for a day.
Nick Fra writes:
As a police officer, the most likely way for me to save a life is by getting a DUI off the road. Those of us out there doing DUI enforcement care deeply about it. Unfortunately we don't get to decide the punishment.