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DWI without Loss of License?

There’s a headline from last year that seems particularly prescient in light of a new measure under consideration to allow first time DWI offenders to keep their driving privileges. The headline, from last March of 2012 was, “DWI Repeat Offender List Tops 14,000.” So last year’s outrage about too many repeat DWI convictions has morphed into this year’s lowering of penalties for DWI. Not good.

According to a story out of Concord in the Eagle-Tribune, our state legislators are considering a measure that would allow judges to decide whether a first-time DWI conviction would mean loss of driving privileges or whether those convicted could use an ignition interlock device and continue to drive. The purpose of the new law would be to lessen the collateral damage when those who are employed and get convicted can no longer get to work.

With as many as 70 percent of first time offenders violating the terms of their probation and continuing to drive, this change might just be a nod toward the realities of drunk drivers. The data from last year can be explained by just this – some who have already been convicted of DWI go on to get a second. By definition, this means they are still driving.

By adding the stipulation of an interlock device – which prevents operation of an equipped vehicle when the driver has been drinking – the hope is that DWI offenders will be able to drive but have an incentive to avoid drinking while doing so. In other words, instead of abandoning all pretense and going back to drinking and driving, this new option will allow offenders a choice and they can still drive.

In part, the legislation is also meant to lessen the pain families feel when the family provider can’t meet their obligations. In some cases, the drunk may be the only transportation in the household. Still, it will (and should) require a judge to decide, on a case by case basis. And it isn’t cheap – the interlock system is leased at $80 a month and there would be a $50 fee for a special drivers license. The restricted license would allow, generally, driving to and from work and for certain errands, such as taking children to school or school activities.


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