There’s a reason why a third DUI in seven years carries a mandatory prison sentence. While those facing that felony can qualify for a diversion program, any subsequent DUI is treated as a felony and can result in 2-15 years in prison.
And a felony DUI with death or substantial bodily harm is a Category A felony punishable by up to two decades in prison.
And yet people who should absolutely know better fail to have a plan that doesn’t include driving when they drink.
We don’t care how much these folks drink, as long as they stay off the road. By the time they’re facing prison, they’ve had ample opportunity to mend their ways and the only option to keep the rest of us safe is to get them off the road for as long as possible.
With a long Fourth of July weekend coming up in slightly more than a week, we know that there will be folks who decide getting in their vehicle despite being impaired is more important than anything or anyone else in the world.
And it’s left to the rest of us to pick up the pieces after that behavior winds up killing or seriously injuring someone.