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jackripped

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#1 8 years ago

l was awoken this morning at about 3am to the sounds of an ambulance siren, that pulled up about 50 to 70 meters up the road to help some poor fucker that was hit by a drunk driver, after hitting this bloke he has crashed his car into a church sign outside the front of the baptist church here in Mackay. The guy who was hit survived but he didn't look like he was in a good way at all when they took him away, lm presuming he didn't die in hospital this morning. The drunk driver was taken away in a police wagon, as it should be, his car had to be towed. The church has lost a few thousand dollars worth of signage out the front. l couldn't get back to sleep and started pondering car licenses and offenses. This drunk driver should obviously have the book thrown at him.No question. But what about other drivers that commit driving offenses, they get fines and get to keep there license in 95% of cases. l came up with an idea that might work better. Its my belief that if a driver looses all his/her points [in Australia you have 12 points on an open license ] that instead of a fine and loss of license for 3 months, which is almost always the standard first penalty for such a thing, unless you do something like this drunk driver did tonight, that, instead the driver should be given 1 month to go and re-sit his/her driving test again, if they fail to do that they should loose there license automatically. This would force people who are repeat offenders to learn the rules better and it would also catch allot of older people who either should be re-tested or de-licensed anyway. There should also be a limit on how many times one can re-sit there test because of offenses committed, resulting in an automatic loss of license for whatever time the courts decide. What do you guys/girls think, good idea ? Or just expensive to enforce ?




Embee

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#2 8 years ago

Why not pull their license completely back ? You're driving drunk, you know the possible risks and outcomes, and if you still have the guts to drive drunk, then your license should be permanently (or atleast 3 years) revoked, without exception or possibility to gain it back before the penalty time.

It's better to be safe than sorry. Sometimes, draconic rules are needed so people can behave or live atleast a little bit safer, 'cuz a shattered front window WILL follow you everywhere...




Nemmerle Forum Mod

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#3 8 years ago

People drive without their licenses anyway. I think the thing to do is to give them time. You drive drunk? Two years. A car can kill people, reckless use should be looked at just the same as firing a gun recklessly. You hit someone? Fine that should be tried as if you intended to do it - we don't let people off of assault charges because they were drunk. You kill someone? Murder.




Embee

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#4 8 years ago
Nemmerle;5426659People drive without their licenses anyway. I think the thing to do is to give them time. You drive drunk? Two years. A car can kill people, reckless use should be looked at just the same as firing a gun recklessly. You hit someone? Fine that should be tried as if you intended to do it - we don't let people off of assault charges because they were drunk. You kill someone? Murder.

For me, two years isn't enough. A punishment should have two functions:

The personal function: insight of the gravity of your deed. After which you'll think 15 times before doing the same stupidity. If you do it again, then you're a complete moron and your license should get revoked for the rest of your life. You can bring back your conscience, but not a dead.

the social function: you'll be an example for the rest. Maybe they'll think twice, unless ofcourse, you're another complete moron..

People should realize the gravity of driving under influence...




Penguin_Unit

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#5 8 years ago
jackripped;5426608OP

This will never work. Here's why. Because drunk drivers get into their car intentionally, knowing it isn't legal. It has absolutely nothing to do with ignorance on their part. In fact, if I read your post right, this will punish them less for essentially the same offense.




MrFancypants Forum Admin

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#6 8 years ago
Nemmerle;5426659People drive without their licenses anyway. I think the thing to do is to give them time. You drive drunk? Two years. A car can kill people, reckless use should be looked at just the same as firing a gun recklessly. You hit someone? Fine that should be tried as if you intended to do it - we don't let people off of assault charges because they were drunk. You kill someone? Murder.

Something like this might help.

Or maybe forice car manufacturers to implement systems that disable the car if the driver is intoxicated. There has been talk about systems that monitor reaction times, pulse rate etc. for a while to be used for truck drivers, I think this could be adapted to drunk drivers as well.




Joe Bonham

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#7 8 years ago

On military installations in the USA we use the point system. Something like 3 or 4 offenses will lose your driving privileges on base. Only problem is that is in the military, it is far easier to enforce rules on a relatively small strip of land in a heavily regimented society. Trying to enforce the point system in the overall population which has something like a 100 million drivers would be much, much harder.




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#8 8 years ago

I agree with what Nemmerle said, the punishment for drinking and driving is pretty pathetic right now. Taking away someone's license will do nothing. Hell, I drive without mine nearly every day because I can't drive by myself yet and no one is ever home. Quite pathetic really, I'm waiting until I get caught. Drinking and driving should automatically give you time in jail/prison.

I think the keys to a car need a breathalyser or something, door won't unlock if it detects alcohol.




Joe Bonham

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#9 8 years ago
Hell, I drive without mine nearly every day because I can't drive by myself yet and no one is ever home.

Uhh what?




Flash525

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#10 8 years ago
Schofield;5429406Hell, I drive without mine nearly every day because I can't drive by myself yet and no one is ever home.
Bohemund;5429419Uhh what?

What is so shocking? Maybe it's different in your country, but here in the UK, if you're pulled over without your licence, you're booked, given a ticket and have (I think) 48 hours to get yourself and your licence to a police station to prove yourself.