1/3 of DUI Arrests Are Repeat Offenders

April 28, 2009 at 4:32 pm Leave a comment

A story posted at Examiner.com examines the DUI Arrests in Colorado and quotes a Denver Post analysis that found that almost a third of DUI arrests made within the last year were offenders who had at least one previous DUI. And half of those had at least three previous DUIs. In addition, 84 had been stopped for drunk driving more than 10 times.

Colorado is not unique. There are many other states that do not change repeat DUI offenders with felonies, although there are some that do. In fact, in many states the third DUI constitutes a felony and can come with jail time.

Is the third offense the right time to intervene and charge these reckless individuals with a serious crime? In our current war on drugs, the federal and state governments like to a take a hard-nosed approach or proclaim zero tolerance for any drug user; however, alcohol is not part of that war. The first time a person is caught driving with an ounce of marijuana, the offender is immediately taken into custody and may serve jail time, but a two-time drunk driver gets to sleep it off in the county jail for a night and is sent back into the population to put our children and families at risk again.

If you live in a state that tolerates drunk driving, contact your local and state representatives and find out how you can put drunk drivers behind bars the first time they are pulled over.

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