Mandatory Jail Sentence

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Would a mandatory jail sentence help decrease the instances of drunk driving? Related Topics: Services, Blood alcohol content, Driving under the influence, Sentence (law), Law 59% Say Yes
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* Drunk drivers should be imprisoned upon first offense
 
There would be fewer drunk drivers on the road. Many lives would be saved by car crashes every year. If they are put into jail for at least 48 hours or more, they would learn from their mistakes most likely and won't do it again. Posted by: Anonymous

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* If there was more at stake for people, they would be more hesitant about making bad decisions.  
Drunk driving is a direct result of bad decisions. It doesn't happen accidentally, and the people causing it are not victims. If the punishment for this horrid crime is harsher, maybe people would think a bit more and decide against getting behind a wheel and being irresponsible. Posted by: 4uncLife

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* Since most drunk drivers are otherwise non-criminal average citizens, I do think a mandatory jail sentence would decrease drunk driving.  
I do not feel that a small fine and temporary suspension of your driver's license is a steep enough punishment to effectively deter drunk driving. But, I do think that a mandatory jail sentence would discourage the average citizen from committing that crime. Posted by: ToughEfrain26

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* Jail deters those who are currently freed and those who served the time.  
Many of the cases of drunk driving are repeat offenders who received warnings, fines, or points on their licenses that drove up their auto insurance rates and other monetary fines but rarely any thing that made them stop driving drunk. Mandatory jail time for drunk driving literally drives the lesson home, that drunk driving will take the drunk driver away from their life. Increasing the jail time per incident also shows the increasing penalty for the decision and takes away the leniency of some judges who give a slap on the wrist until someone is killed. Posted by: Pir4And

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* 48 hours is a slap on the wrist to some.
 
Being from a rural area, many people consume alcohol because there is simply, "nothing else to do". These same people fight, drive and do other thoughtless acts because their brain is not processing the full concequences of their actions. People like this have run-ins with the law on a regular basis, so 48 hours in jail is a slap on the wrist to them. Two years ago two young boys were riding an ATV on the road in this same rural town when they were struck and killed by a drunk driver. This would have never happened had he been imprisoned for a few months. Not many people can have a true life changing experience within two days. when 211 children die in one year thanks to drunk driving then something must be done to prevent drunk driving from ever occuring. At some point people will realize that drunk drivers are a threat to society and should be locked up for a long peoriod of time so that they can not hurt anyone, and hopefully change their ways. Posted by: Anonymous

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* I agree completely that a mandatory jail sentence on the first offense would decrease the number of drunken drivers.  
If you have a mandatory sentence people would be less likely to drive under the influence, they would more likely to stay at home or use the common idea of a designated driver. There are repeat offenders I know that havent done a bit of jailtime for their crimes and they still drink and drive. They dont find the penalties that bad because they haven't been...
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