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Tougher DUI laws necessary

February 21, 2013

It certainly appears that tougher penalties are on the horizon for motorists caught driving under the influence in North Dakota....

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EarlyBird

Feb-21-13 8:08 AM

This could quite possibly be directed towards the people trying to make this law. They are probably tired of the smell of booze and dealing with drunk representatives while in session.

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EarlyBird

Feb-21-13 8:09 AM

Drunk from the night before of maybe sneak a little cocktail in with a meal.

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muleskinner

Feb-21-13 8:34 AM

When some politician is caught drunk driving, then the tune will change.

Or, when somebody in a position of authority is caught drunk driving, the law will be tweaked so as not to have the person punished quite so severely.

You just wait, because it does happen, has happened, and will happen again.

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WorriedAmerican

Feb-21-13 9:38 AM

Still way to light on the jail time and the fines!

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JackAaah

Feb-21-13 9:46 AM

....I feel I am drunk on BigGovernment.

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WorriedAmerican

Feb-21-13 10:43 AM

h4c, jackaaaa was doing time and comunity service! :-)

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KneeAwn

Feb-21-13 3:51 PM

Maybe they could hire more cops then with the extra DUI dollars.....and arrest even more drivers....could be more profitable than oil!!

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locomotive

Feb-21-13 4:14 PM

JackAaah, your partisan viewpoint has been noticeably absent lately, but you should be allowed a place back in this forum...this I feel.

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Ricardo

Feb-22-13 3:52 AM

Your editorial says blood alcohol level of more than .18, which probably was an error and should have been reported as .08 or above for DUI violations. That's not more than a couple of beers after work. And you want these people put in jail - for a first offense? Wow. Why don't we just shut this country down and all go to our rooms and wait for our mommies or wives to bring us cookies.

Jail is a serious penalty. It should be a punishment of last resort. The problem is drinking and driving, so take the offender's drivers license away for a period of time. Much longer for a second violation. If they drive under the influence while their license is suspended, then maybe jail time might be in order.

Be reasonable folks. Once a law is passed, it rarely becomes less draconic later; rather it gets more punitive with future changes. If you don't want to live in the land of the "safety above all else" control freaks, now is the time to speak up.

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JackAaah

Feb-22-13 9:23 AM

I WAS in a drunken stupor...gots to watch that Koolaid they serve at the Free Lunch Counter Café as they must have really spiked it this time. Being in that stupor DID help while I was waiting in that long government line to get my gifts. The line was extremely long...others must finally be figuring it out that gifts are the way to go.

...I'm going to have to get that "Omama phone" so's I can keep in touch while I'm in line. The one with that internets.

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locomotive

Feb-22-13 11:01 AM

If one googles "free phone," it's amazing what comes up.

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OldCat

Feb-22-13 4:05 PM

Wanting to put more drunks in jails but won't provide any funding for an Expansion of Ward County Jail that is already full??? Posting bail--when? Not sure stiffer penalties will change current culture or be a deterent -it will create more revenue to legal system-

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locomotive

Feb-22-13 4:47 PM

one "free phone" search result

"Lifeline is a Government Supported Service" "ReachOut Wireless™ is a Lifeline Service" "Lifeline Service is Non-Transferable" "Only Eligible Consumers May Apply" "Only One Lifeline Per Household is allowed"

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locomotive

Feb-22-13 5:01 PM

from freegov'tcellphones . net...

"Since this is a federal government-mandated program, the features of each company’s plan is reasonably close to the others, and the qualifications to obtain the phone are uniform from company to company and state to state. You can see how easy it is to qualify for a government phone, either by current participation in a public assistance program, or by your low-income."

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locomotive

Feb-22-13 6:17 PM

Y'know, billgrr, if it'll make you happy, we can call them ronnies or poopsies or dillingers or whatever you wants. But after gazing into my own crystal ball, I foresee that nothing much could make you happy, especially if it was done by an E-Vill Republican. (smile)

I was called away from my train of thought and didn't get to say the following...

It isn't correct to call these gov't phones "obamaphones." They are free phones under a program that began before Pres. Obama was even a state senator.

Perhaps one reason the word "obamaphone" came into existence was the video of the woman explaining that she got her phone courtesy of Pres. Obama (as she saw it) while she was demonstrating somewhere before the 2012 election. That video can be googled too, I imagine.

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disgusted

Feb-22-13 6:59 PM

Ricardo, I believe that the problem with DUI's is the premise of it is okya to drink before you drive as you say "That's not more than a couple of beers after work. And you want these people put in jail" - "for a first offense?" Then you say "Jail is a serious penalty." IF it is truly a serious penalty, then, maybe drinkers will take driving and drinking more seriously to avoid the 'serious penalty" and in the process, save lives.

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disgusted

Feb-22-13 7:01 PM

Locomotive, you're right. It was one of Obama's supporters who made the free phones now known as Obama phones.

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namexxx

Feb-22-13 10:33 PM

The man of many voices.

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locomotive

Feb-23-13 10:57 AM

Talk about an echo chamber...

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WorriedAmerican

Feb-23-13 11:24 AM

h4c that joke is as old as you are and driving while drunk is NOT A JOKE!

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WorriedAmerican

Feb-24-13 10:31 AM

h4c I lost a niece to a drunk driver and found your so called joke insulting!

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namexxx

Feb-24-13 12:30 PM

Maybe if I use 5 different screen names -- people won't think I'm the only loser with nothing better to do.

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EarlyBird

Feb-25-13 8:30 AM

H4C I think that is funny, thanks for the laugh!

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locomotive

Feb-25-13 11:16 AM

Don't let 'em get you down, H4C. For some, help is just a phone call away.

The joke was old, but funny.

I know people who have lost their family members due to DUI accidents. Most of us do, because drinking and driving is so commonplace.

I don't have a problem with tougher DUI laws. It's a privilege and a responsibility to drive, and there are others out on the road besides me.

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