On Dec. 18 you ran an article on the second-degree murder conviction of James Masoner for the death of Jessica Shaner.
One of the major factors not discussed in this article, which we feel is vital to understanding this violent crime, is the choice Masoner made.
When James Masoner started his day on March 4, 1987, he knew what business functions he would be attending and he, at some earlier time, made the decision to drink and drive. He never intended to do anything different. He made that decision starting at lunch and never looked back.
If you compare the deaths and injuries caused nationally by impaired drivers (about 523,000) to airplane crashes (with occupancy of 400 people), it would equal more than 25 plane crashes each and every week! How long would it take for the American people to get serious about that kind of death and injury toll?