One year ago I wrote about the lack of safety of television ads depicting unsafe driving. Today, with great sadness, I write in horror of the danger of the drunk driver. My 16-year-old niece lives no more. Her heart does beat, however, in the chest of a 52-year-old man, and a kidney does function in a 3-year-old girl. Sara was killed April 26 by a drunk driver in Solana Beach.
What can we learn? What can we do besides mourn her tragic and useless passing? Must we continue to accept 25,000 slaughtered Americans annually due to drunk driving? I asked a judge. He said that we are a unique society of drivers, millions and millions of them, and drinkers and drug users, millions and millions of them. Even with stiffer penalties, he stated, we'd never get all the drunk drivers processed, never get juries to concur on long prison terms. "It's somewhat hopeless," he stated.
I say that it is not hopeless. Take the weapon of death away from those clearly out of self-control. Sure, take the license, but also take the car away on the first offense of drunk driving. Force the driver into treatment and make him prove that he is fit to drive again.