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Old 08-04-2011, 09:42 PM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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Why is anyone surprised at the light sentence? The judges in SA seem to view DUI as more of a Rite of Passage....
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Old 08-05-2011, 06:10 AM
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Hallelujah! Are they finally getting it? Still not enough jail time, but at least there IS jail time.

Prison for pair of DWI drivers who killed passengers - San Antonio Express-News
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Old 08-05-2011, 07:59 AM
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And this guy (who hasn't been proven drunk, but he was going the wrong way on I-10 at 3am so you do the math) got the death penalty for killing his buddy. Who was probably also blotto. Poor truck driver now has to deal with this for the rest of his life, and he's just out there trying to make a living, and a tough one at that. San Antonio sucks, if for nothing else than our drunk driving epidemic.

Two people killed in wrong-way crash, westbound IH-10 closed|WOAI: San Antonio News
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Old 08-05-2011, 12:21 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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So what did the guy do to get this light punishment? Pay the judge off?
From what I gathered, the Judge did the sentencing, 2 days in Jail; it is the attorney who has connections with someone at the Jail to do that type of release. I'm sure it cost the attorney big $$$ to get something like this done..
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Old 08-05-2011, 12:37 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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San Antonio sucks, if for nothing else than our drunk driving epidemic.
Yeah, because it doesn't occur anywhere else?

There's ten more cities above San Antonio with worse drunk driver rates, to include Austin (#9). Dallas is #12 on that list, Houston right behind it and Ft Worth behind Houston. It's not a city issue, but a state-wide one.

Also note that California has four of the top eight spots. So much for the "wonderfullness" of that state!

It's nothing to be proud of, but to insinuate that it is unique to San Antonio couldn't be anything farther from the truth.

And the entire city "sucks" because of it? I'm glad that the idiotic acts of a few bring such a brutal judgment upon the entire city!
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Old 08-06-2011, 09:37 AM
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Yeah, because it doesn't occur anywhere else?

There's ten more cities above San Antonio with worse drunk driver rates, to include Austin (#9). Dallas is #12 on that list, Houston right behind it and Ft Worth behind Houston. It's not a city issue, but a state-wide one.

Also note that California has four of the top eight spots. So much for the "wonderfullness" of that state!

It's nothing to be proud of, but to insinuate that it is unique to San Antonio couldn't be anything farther from the truth.

And the entire city "sucks" because of it? I'm glad that the idiotic acts of a few bring such a brutal judgment upon the entire city!
Well, I LIVE here, and, once again, I'm entitled to my opinion, Mr. Chamber.
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Old 08-06-2011, 10:42 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Well, I LIVE here, and, once again, I'm entitled to my opinion, Mr. Chamber.
Well, I LIVE here as well, and am as entitled to MY opinion as anyone else; but the main difference is that I can back mine with facts!
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Old 08-06-2011, 11:39 AM
 
Location: South Side
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You base your opinion on facts - on numbers that say SA drunk driving is not as bad as other cities - SO WHAT???
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Old 08-06-2011, 11:50 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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You base your opinion on facts - on numbers that say SA drunk driving is not as bad as other cities - SO WHAT???
The "what" is that this is not a unique problem to San Antonio like some make it out to be. The "what" is that not every accident that occurs late on the weekends is not caused by drunk-driving like some automatically insinuate. The "what" is that while this is nothing to be proud of, there are a lot of good things about this city which we can be proud of. The "what" is that maybe this is an indication of things improving, now that at least one judge is starting to impose tougher punishments on habitual offenders. The "what" could also be that those statistics indicate a crack-down on those who drive drunk, something people are continually calling for on this forum.

So there's a lot of "what" in those facts, but a select few won't let anything trivial such as the truth get in the way of their opinions...
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Old 08-06-2011, 11:51 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I know I'm guilty of this as well, but it's quite misleading to use comparisons to other cities as justification to refuse to acknowledge a major problem. So what if 10 other cities have it worse? It doesn't make it OK for us. We have a huge problem with drunk driving in San Antonio, and there is a lot of work that needs to be done to fix it.

We may not be the worst, but the problem is still way too widespread.
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