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Times of Wayne County

Throw the book at ‘em

We are not tough enough. I have long been an advocate of making drug and alcohol users who drive, as bad ass as possible.

If someone is caught drinking and driving, arraign them and let them sober up in jail, at least for the day, no exceptions. Tow their vehicles (no exceptions) and make them pay a hefty tow/storage charge.

If somebody is convicted the first time, let them lose their license for at least a year. A second conviction should mean some very serious time behind bars. No more mamby-pamby with anyone convicted of using a two-ton+ weapon on the roads. Call it counseling with a dose of actual reality. In many European countries, a first time DWI is very, very serious.

I know, police will say they simply do not have the time in their schedules to arraign and wait for tow trucks in every DWI case, but can you think of a better deterrent? Obviously with the number of DWIs and DWI repeaters, the message is not getting through. Yeah, bail is not meant as a punishment, but what a wake-up call.

We are getting too soft on Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree (a small amount of either hard drugs, or prescription medications). Anyone caught with heroin, or cocaine, etc, the harder drugs –  throw their asses in jail, tow their vehicles and make this period of time pure hell.

Chances are drug abusers commit  a variety of crimes to get their daily fixes, so perhaps a chance at jail/mandatory counseling will at least keep them busy until they either make bail, or their court dates. Perhaps a fewer thefts, etc., will occur if we keep them busy behind bars. We unfortunately consider CPCS (Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance) in the 7th a minor crime.  No more appearance tickets for CPCS-7th.

To those horses’ asses who allow someone to either drink and drive their vehicles, we should make their lives a living hell as well.

To those who think that the golfer who downed way too many – or any   over one – at the 19th hole, then got behind the wheel of a vehicle, you should pretend that guy is leaving to kill your kid.

We can laugh at the chronic alcoholic behind the wheel of a lawn tractor, but perhaps pushing a mower at the state prison is the only answer for chronic DWI.

Don’t give me that crap about alcohol and drugs being a disease. It really doesn’t matter once they put the keys into the ignition.

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I am also getting tired of the number of domestic incidents every week. Whenever there is an assault on a woman, man, or child, the future is dim for the relationship. Police often tell me the woman hangs on to the husband/boyfriend in some desperate thought the violence will subside. Financial/children/love (?) are often given as the reasons a victim returns to a domestic problem. All too often the woman/man tells authorities they want no arrest, or the charges dropped. The phone number for the Victim Resource Center of the Finger Lakes is (315) 331-1171. The Hotline number is (866) 343-8808. They provide 24/7 bilingual (Spanish/English) as well.

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