Need stricter penalties for DWI

Letter to the editor

Posted: Monday, July 25, 2005

In response to lawmakers wanting stricter punishments for drunken driving, I completely agree. Nearly 12 years ago in Illinois, my father was killed by a drunken driver. The man that hit my father had had three previous DWIs and was still out drinking and driving. Even after hitting my father's vehicle and instantly killing my dad, he only received a sentence of eight years. However, because of good behavior, he only served four years of his eight-year sentence.

Unfortunately, he had apparently not learned from his previous DWIs and mistakes, and again chose to drink and drive and affected the lives of many people that dreadful night. I'm not exactly sure what the punishments should be, but I know they need to be stricter in order to deter more people from getting in their cars after they drink.

Amy Gaisford


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