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April 10, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Another fatal DUI crash

State needs more severe DUI laws

This photo taken Thursday morning shows the Ford Explorer that was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of Highway 520 when it hit a Mazda Protege, killing the driver. The driver of the Explorer was listed in satisfactory condition at Harborview Medical Center.

This photo taken Thursday morning shows the Ford Explorer that was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of Highway 520 when it hit a Mazda Protege, killing the driver. The driver of the Explorer was listed in satisfactory condition at Harborview Medical Center.

It might be the current law but it’s not fair. Six to eight years in jail for consciously making the decision to drive while drunk and take Morgan William’s life is not a fair exchange [“Fatal wrong-way crash followed U-turn on 520,” front page, April 6].This was not an “accident.” In my view, this is premeditated manslaughter, a crime committed by a man who made a selfish decision to try to get home. This decision by Michael Robertson should be followed by a much more severe penalty than six to eight years in jail.

In the bigger picture, this bit of jail time for him will not be significant enough to deter others who are tempted to drive while impaired. The punishment does not fit the crime.

I am incensed at our lawmakers in Olympia for their tolerance of this kind of behavior by the small segment of Washington state citizens who are repeat offenders.

Come on, representatives and senators, get off the dime. Make the consequences for driving while impaired so painful that people will finally get the idea that they’d better call a cab.

Paul Heins, Redmond

Second DUI should be a felony

Lawmakers should make drunken driving a felony after the second DUI. It would save lives [“Fatal wrong-way crash followed U-turn on 520,” front page, April 6].

It’s too easy even after the second DUI to continue to drive. How long are innocent people going to be killed by DUI killers?

If there’s concern about crowded prisons, release some of the people arrested for selling and/or purchasing drugs or some other minor incident.

Save lives; get the drunken drivers off the road.

Bob Lalande, Tacoma

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