Comment 60845

By Jonathan Dalton (registered) | Posted March 09, 2011 at 15:40:20 in reply to Comment 60820

Whether the punishment for driving while drunk or suspended is a fine, a slap on the wrist or death, people will still do it. People do it because they're drunk, they don't think rationally, and they think they won't get caught.

While I agree on stiff penalties, though admittedly short of killing the sons-of-bitches, we still have a systematic problem that is not related to enforcement. Why do people do such terrible things despite the consequences? People are told they have to drive, their environment is set up to encourage it, but we expect them to magically forget that as soon as alcohol is involved. Until we live in a world without alcohol (and who really wants that), we need decent alternatives for transportation that people will use, and not just when they're drunk.

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