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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

March 27, 2013 at 6:24 AM

Two DUI arrests on record for driver in fatal wreck

DUI offenders should not be driving

A driver kills two pedestrians and critically injures two other people, one a 10-day-old infant [“Driver in fatal wreck had 2 DUI arrests,” page one, March 26].

It has been reported (and is a matter of public record) that this driver had two previous DUI offenses and has been “struggling with the bottle.”

My question is: Why are our laws so lenient that repeat DUI offenders are allowed to keep driving motor vehicles? It might be inconvenient for them to walk, to take the bus, or to depend upon others for rides, but that is the price they should pay. When will we learn that it is not worth the risk to allow repeat DUI offenders to get behind the wheel?

If it were up to me, someone convicted of two DUI offenses would be ordered never to drive again, and if they ever did, they would be sentenced to prison for the rest of their lives with absolutely no chance of parole.

–Richard Fuhr, Seattle

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