Monday, September 22, 2008

I Don't Get It

People know the dangers of drunk driving -- yet they continue to do so. You would not believe how many reports of a pedestrian or a bicyclist being killed in a hit-and-run accident we have had here lately. More often than not, when authorities find the suspect in the hit-and-run, the reason they ran is uncovered -- they were drunk at the time. The latest incident really made me sick...

A 25-year-old woman was killed in a hit-and-run accident around 9PM Sunday. A short time later, police in a neighboring city noticed a car with what looked like "fresh" accident damage -- headlights dangling from the cables AND steam was coming from under the hood. As they followed her a description of the vehicle involved in a hit & run matched this vehicle. They pulled over the vehicle which was driven by a a 21-year-old woman. When the woman was asked about on her car, the woman said it happened a couple days earlier. Upon inspection of the damage, police found the hit-and-run victim's PURSE hooked to the car. The woman failed the field sobriety test and has TWO prior drunk driving convictions.

How can someone have so little regard for a human life? It makes me ill!

I think there are several things that contribute to the problem in Wisconsin. These are just a few...

  • Drinking is a part of the culture.
  • Punishment for repeat offenders is TOO LENIENT
  • Discussions of drunk driving are too focused on fines, loss of license, etc. instead of LOSS of PRECIOUS LIVES.
If you choose to drink, that is completely up to you. However, please take the bus, call a cab, or have a designated driver.


Anonymous said...

It defies logic, doesn't it? Alcoholism is a terrible and tragic disease. It breaks my heart to hear stories like these.

carolynn said...

So true. If they wish to risk their own lives, so be it. But they have no right to be on the road with us, innocent drivers.

diane said...

Amen, Penny!