Drunk driving continues to be a big problem in our country, even after years of public service announcements and educational programs in schools.
One reason some people are convinced there is still so much drunk driving is that laws and punishments are too lenient for offenders.
Lenient Drunk Driving Laws
Drunk driving laws vary widely from state to state.
In some states, few offenders have to serve time or give up their licenses, while other states make it mandatory for every person convicted of drunk driving to have an ignition interlock device installed in their car.
Even with tough laws in place, people are continuing to operate their vehicles while under the influence.
According to Global Legal Resources, an estimated 70 percent of repeat offenders will continue to drive even without a license. It is becoming evident that people are not afraid of the consequences of drinking and then driving.
Defending Drunk Driving
People are not afraid of the consequences of drunk driving because even in states that have tough DUI laws, drunk drivers are getting away with their crimes with little or no repercussions.
It is not uncommon for individuals to receive almost no punishment for their 3rd, 4th, or even 5th DUI offense, even with laws in place to punish such offenses. Part of the reason for this is the number of defense attorneys who specialize in reducing or eliminating sentences for drunk driving.
Anyone who is arrested or ticketed for drunk driving immediately receives phone calls and letters from lawyers who are willing to fight to reduce their charges. These professionals know the system and can find loopholes and ways to get their residents off with little or no punishments.
While everyone is entitled to a fair trial, many would argue that if someone committed a crime such as a DUI, they should serve the punishment for it. Maybe with stricter punishments that offenders actually have to serve, more people would think twice before getting into a vehicle after drinking.