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Comments for: Maine man with prior DUI arrests charged again in Rochester, NH

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  • Anonymous

    We need to start adopting the European approach to OUI. One and done. You get caught drinking and driving over there and you never drive again, period. If they catch you driving after they have revoked your license, you go to prison for a lengthy stretch. As long as we use the slap on the hand approach to drinking and driving, people like this will continue to drive drunk and endanger everyone.

    • Sounds good,just not correct.

      England’s penalty is one year suspension for a first offense and three year suspension for a second offense within ten years. Norway is three weeks jail at hard labor for a first offense and second offense within five years loss of license for life. France is a three year loss of license, one year in jail, and $1000.00 fine.

      All that said, I agree with you on the fact that our system is very weak on harshness therefore deterrence.

      • Anonymous

        Sweden and Germany? If i remember correctly, they take a much dimmer view of drinking and driving. Sorry for not being more specific.

        • Anonymous

          Here is an idea. Why not just verify your facts prior to posting? That hard to quickly open a second google tab?

  • StuckinNorthCarolinaMainer

    1000 PR bail? Don’t ask why he does it repeatedly, it is evident. The law teaches him it is ok. Yes, yes, innocent until proven guilty. I know.

  • Anonymous

    Out on bail…I guess they will wait until someone is killed before they jail him

  • Anonymous

    I read about somewhere that confiscates the vehicle used in this deadly crime.
    Granted, with some of these crash prone drunks , there may not be much to confiscate, but there may be some good CDs or extra beers that the Authorities
    can utilize.

  • Bill Cat

    All those laws sound good on paper, but none can stop ol’ Hammered Harry from getting behind the wheel once he has a mind to. Dude was already diving after a license revocation in ME. Drunk drivers tend to play the sympathy roll, and it works time after time — 3rd offense rates a little jail time, the drunk school and more loss of license. Some states put real gusto behind ‘driving after revocation’ aspect of it, — good for up to two years in MA — because there’s no getting around that.

    The stats I’ve seen say 50% of first time DUI are alcoholics, and 2nd offense goes right to 100%. Common sense says somebody who just spent $2500 on drunk school, a year paying for probation and testing fees and six months taking the bus shouldn’t be real likely to run out and do it again, unless there’s a serious booze problem going on…

    The laws need to change and make sense, and every state that enacted to Hammer of Doom statutes failed because one size does not fit all. First offense, okay, that’s the wake up call — fines, dunk driver school, mandatory recovery meetings, counseling, etc. 2nd offense 6 months in county, 3rd offense a year, 4th offense 18 months. Ah, if I was Governor! LOL AAARRRGGGHHH!

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