NTSB to Washington State: combat DUI’s with sobriety checkpoints
Posted by Liberty on November 25, 2008
“An NTSB review puts Washington among the 25 states that have not made changes to combat drunken driving that the federal safety board has recommended.”
“Chief among the NTSB complaints against Washington is the state’s reluctance to allow police to conduct sobriety checkpoints.
In states where such checkpoints are allowed, police stop all cars on a road to check to for drunken drivers.
Washington’s checkpoint law was struck down as unconstitutional in the late 1980s, and the state does not use them.”
And…a companion story from Goskagit:
Let me get this straight. The NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board aka THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT) is telling Washington State that sobriety checkpoints are the way to combat drunk driving?! Screw the Washington State Constitution. What about people like 46 year old Aaron Bridge (Mister 14 DUI’s) who was recently sentenced to 20 months by Skagit County Superior Court Judge Susan Cook?
“Cook sentenced Bridge to 20 months in prison, the maximum under his sentencing range.
‘All we can do is incarcerate him for 20 months, and those are 20 months he won’t be on the road,’ said Sloan Johnson, of the Skagit County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
This was Bridge’s first felony DUI. A state law, which went into effect in July 2007, makes a defendant’s fifth DUI offense within the past 10 years a felony.
Johnson said people like Bridge are exactly why legislators passed the law. But, he said, the law has some kinks that need to be worked out. One such kink would be allowing a judge to sentence Bridge to more prison time, he said.”
Exactly! Our felony DUI law is one baby step in the right direction but its efficacy is limited by the sentencing guidelines. There are a lot of chronic offenders out there with multiple DUI’s. Isn’t it obvious that we should crack down on the people that we KNOW are driving drunk before we go out looking for people who MIGHT be?