The driver, not the street, was the problem
Reading the story about the drunken driver who killed two visitors and critically injured their daughter and grandson just broke my heart [“The road to tragedy: alcohol, second chances,” page one, March 27]. I’ve lived here all my life and know how hard it is to cross many streets since most people don’t stop, even though they can see you.
That said, I was infuriated reading the comments from our elected officials about what to do to make the street safer where this took place. In the article it is noted that “Judges in both Seattle and Snohomish County even said that Mullan could drive, providing he installed an alcoholic-sensitive ignition lock on his pickup. He never did.” Someone needs to explain why his truck wasn’t impounded until he installed the ignition lock. If the law doesn’t allow this, then the law needs to be changed.
This is such a simple solution I don’t know why no one has thought of it before. We don’t need a complicated solution. The problem wasn’t the street, it was the driver.
–Frank Lippman, Seattle