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Old 01-22-2011, 10:43 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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very sad for this officer.

SAPD Officer Mike Thornton Loses Leg In Overnight Wreck - San Antonio & Texas News Story - KSAT San Antonio (http://www.ksat.com/news/26584061/detail.html - broken link)

from the article it was not the drivers first arrest for driving drunk either.
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Old 01-22-2011, 11:24 PM
 
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*sigh*









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Old 01-22-2011, 11:25 PM
 
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This drunk driving crap needs to stop.......
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Old 01-23-2011, 12:03 AM
 
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It is very sad. I was driving to work a few hours ago and I saw someone swerving and nearly hitting a few cars. I was thinking, "Where are the cops when you need them?", and then I saw a police car speed by at about 90mph without the sirens on. I then saw him or her stop at the scene of an accident where there was already another cop car. I wonder why it was enough of an emergency to speed, but not enough of an emergency to have the sirens on or EMS respond. I also wonder why two officers had to respond. My guess is that one of the drivers was drunk, but I don't know.
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Old 01-23-2011, 12:22 AM
 
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We all know it needs to stop.

The question is when are we going to do something about it?

Want to get serious about stopping these people?

~ First time offense, $500.00 fine, the person's car is impounded for 30 days and the license is revoked for 30 days,

~ Second offense, $1,000.00 fine the car is confiscated and sold at auction and their license is suspended for 60 days.

~ Third offense, $10,000.00 fine and whatever car they are driving is confiscated and sold at auction. and their license is suspended for 60 days.

The bleeding hearts who say: "how will they get to work?" can drive the convicted person to/from work or the store....

Obviously all our laws and the cutesy commercials on TV are not getting the point across, it's time to get tough.

It's about time we turn the tables on these DUI folks and cause them major grief and hassles...

Building alcohol sensing equipment into cars penalizes all of us, in many ways.

Confiscating their transportation and collecting hefty fines will put a dent in the habitual drunks who drink and drive. Taking away ANY car he legally drives DUI on a second offense and his car is auctioned off, state gets the money.

It's time we put our strength, our resolve and our mettle to the test. Are we the same stock as our Texas for-fathers? Will we stand up for what is right and just or whimper the PC sayings that got us in this disaster.

It's time for the whiners, bleeding hearts and Politically Correct crowd to do the right thing. We all join together attack these convicted DUI drivers where it hurts them. And if they are stupid enough to get stopped for another DUI, the car is history and you owe the state a pile of money.

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Old 01-23-2011, 12:32 AM
 
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I agree with confiscating the vehicle, but I think the license suspension should be longer on the 3rd offense; maybe 180 days. Maybe it should be permanently revoked on the 4th offense.

License suspension from 180 days to 2 years is already an option for the 3rd offense. I just wonder how many people get the maximum penalty.

Texas DUI | DWI Laws | Drunk Driving Laws, Penalties, Fines | SR22 Insurance | drivinglaws.org
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Old 01-23-2011, 01:18 AM
 
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The car they are driving might not even be their own.

This is how I would do it.

1st time offense: Take away license for five years.

2nd time offense: Take away license forever and deport them to an oil rig out in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Old 01-23-2011, 06:52 AM
 
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The car they are driving might not even be their own.
Undoubtedly, a significant percentage of the vehicles on the road at any given time are being driven by someone other than the registered owner. It could belong to another family member, a relative, a friend, an employer, a rental-car company, a girlfriend's mother's cousin, or it could be stolen.

I strongly support stiffer penalties for DUI offenders, but I don't think auctioning off the vehicle they were driving is fair to owners who did not commit the offense.
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Old 01-23-2011, 07:25 AM
 
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Undoubtedly, a significant percentage of the vehicles on the road at any given time are being driven by someone other than the registered owner. It could belong to another family member, a relative, a friend, an employer, a rental-car company, a girlfriend's mother's cousin, or it could be stolen.

I strongly support stiffer penalties for DUI offenders, but I don't think auctioning off the vehicle they were driving is fair to owners who did not commit the offense.
In Europe they just take away your license. Why not do the same? Driving is a privilege not a right. Just take away their privileges to drive. We do 3 strikes for drug possession (a smaller crime in my opinion) but we're so lax on DUI's.

Hell, the Navy has a 1 strike, you're out rule for DUI's now.

1st offense - 30 days
2nd offense - 180 days
3rd offense - forever
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Old 01-23-2011, 07:53 AM
 
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People drive without licenses all the time. Taking it away is not going to solve anything. These people need to serve time, first offense. Huge fines, vistis to probation officers, daily monitoring of alcohol/drug use, any way their lives can be messed with is fine by me. In my opinion, they don't have any regard for MY life, why should I give a damn about some disruption in THEIR life? At least they are still breathing.

Second offense, multiply the first offense penalties by 2.
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