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December 12, 2013 at 7:36 AM

Require ignition interlock device for first time DUI offenders

Not enough to simply increase penalties

Recently, there has been talk of what to do in Washington to diminish the number of DUIs [“Anti-DUI work group: Yes to random checkpoints, no to alcohol bans ,” Online, Dec. 4].

A recent Times article written by Brian M. Rosenthal included a report that said the way Washington should reduce DUIs is through “increasing penalties and establishing random sobriety checkpoints.” Although this may deter some, I believe this is not the most effective option. Fear of punishment may help to stop people before they consume alcohol. But once the alcohol affects the brain, the intoxicated person can easily forget or at least not care about the punishments of a DUI or the sobriety checkpoints.

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July 25, 2013 at 6:34 AM

Working to end drunken driving

Punishments and prevention must be intensified The Legislature didn’t pass tighter rule changes because of presumed cost increases. [“Guest column: Legislature must do more to end the mayhem caused by drunken drivers,” Opinion, July 21.] It should have also looked at changes that would cover or reduce these costs. Tickets issued during emphasis patrols should be…

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May 23, 2013 at 6:34 AM

Legislature considers tougher DUI laws

Businesses should have Breathalyzers If you and the Legislature really care about stopping the inebriated, why aren’t the ones who sell alcohol required to have Breathalyzers [“Just say yes to tougher DUI laws,” NWThursday, May 16]? A person convicted of a DUI can be sentenced to have a Breathalyzer in their car, but why not make…

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May 17, 2013 at 8:35 PM

DUI bill passes Senate

Implement tougher DUI laws I am frustrated by the government’s insistence that lowering the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) levels will improve Washington roads and deter potential drunken drivers [“DUI bill clears a Senate hurdle; U.S. panel pushes tougher rule,” NWWednesday, May 15]. Because of the harm it can and often does cause, drunken driving is…

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May 14, 2013 at 7:06 AM

DUI legislation

Is alcoholism a disease? Using the “alcoholism is a disease” catch phrase when speaking about drunken driving is insulting and misleading [“Editorial: Proceed with caution on DUI legislation,” Opinion, May 13]. Alcoholism mixed with driving is a strange disease indeed. It kills other people rather than the sufferer. Stephen Gins, Kenmore

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May 6, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Son of couple killed in DUI crash speaks out

Alcoholism must be treated like a disease In my opinion, implementing stiffer DUI penalties, such mandatory jail time, is not the answer for drunken drivers [“Despair. Pain. Resolve.,” page one, May 1]. I want to preface my comments by saying I had a brother who was an alcoholic and ended up committing suicide, and now a…

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May 2, 2013 at 8:04 AM

Son of couple killed in DUI crash speaks out

Schulte family’s resilience doesn’t go without notice Thank you for Christine Clarridge’s amazing article [“Despair. Pain. Resolve.,” page one, May 1].This tragedy for the Schulte family has been so overwhelming in so many ways. You have given voice to their amazing resilience and deep strength. We cannot help but respond to Dan Schulte’s words with compassion…

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April 25, 2013 at 8:02 AM

DUI laws getting tightened

Do not take away right to buy alcohol Stripping DUI offenders of the right to buy alcohol will be even less effective than the laws banning kids from buying booze and cigarettes [“Editorial: Tighten DUI laws but don’t rush,” Opinion, April 24]. Carding is ridiculously easy to defeat and putting an interlock device on a car…

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April 2, 2013 at 4:10 AM

Lawmakers reconsider severity of DUI laws

Public officials have failed to protect the public from drunken drivers As one who has lived within two blocks of the horrendous DUI-instigated crash and deaths last Monday, I was outraged and discouraged by the statement of one of our state legislators in the excellent article Sunday addressing state DUI laws [“Do state DUI laws go…

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