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April 1, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Horrific pedestrian accident sparks debate over DUI laws

Take away the vehicle

Why do lawmakers think a habitual drunken driver is going to follow the law? [“Do state DUI laws go far enough?” page one, March 31.]

People such as Mark Mullan have no regard for the law and no regard for anyone other than themselves. Mullan thumbed his nose at court orders. He even had the gall to arrive at a DUI hearing drunk. He drove without the ignition lock the court ordered he have installed. He drove after his license was taken away.

Are there really any drunken drivers who stop driving when their license is taken away? It’s time to start impounding the vehicles of drunken drivers.

In reference to the deaths of Dennis and Judy Schulte and serious injury of their daughter-in-law and baby grandson, state House Public Safety Committee Chairman Roger Goodman said, “I don’t know if we could have prevented a tragedy like that.”

You can prevent it by taking away the vehicle. Taking away the license doesn’t stop the drunken driver from getting behind the wheel. Without his truck, Mullan wouldn’t have been able to mow down, maim, kill and destroy a happy family.

– Debbie Wilson, Everett

Stronger punishments needed

How many times do innocent people have to keep losing their lives because of drunken drivers in not only this state but across this great nation?

It is really distressing to continuously see drivers with multiple DUI convictions still out on our roads. The laws need to change, and they need to be tougher.

Something has to give because this is getting out of control, and maybe with stronger punishments some of these repeat offenders will change their ways and our roads can be safer for all.

– Jeff Swanson, Everett

Enforcement lacking

Washington state has one of the toughest DUI laws in the country but if they’re not enforced what good are they? Mark Mullan had 5 DUIs. How come nobody followed up to see if an ignition lock device was installed? He just ignored the judge’s order and nobody checked?

This is an inexcusable and unacceptable tragedy. Mullan needs to be incarcerated and helped with his addiction.

My prayers go out to the remaining Schulte family.

– Carol Soderberg, Redmond

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