Dealing with drunk drivers

Posted Thursday, Jan. 02, 2014  comments  Print Reprints

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The Tuesday news story “Traffic deaths taking a toll” was most revealing and sad.

I ask whether the Legislature or the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has a requirement that any holder of a retail alcoholic beverage license has an obligation to maintain public liability insurance against causing impaired driving resulting in injury or death? I believe the answer is emphatically no!

If that’s the case, what’s the incentive for retail alcoholic beverage sellers to be concerned about liability when they have no insurance and can insulate themselves against personal liability through corporate entities when injury or death occurs as a consequence of their actions?

The legal profession is loathe to act for potential plaintiffs when there’s little chance of economic recovery from such uninsured entities.

Why not mandate insurance requirements when liability is found against a license holder or establish a fund from alcoholic beverage sales taxes to pay for some liability in such uninsured cases?

— Marty Goldsmith, Fort Worth

How many families have been left without children because of drunk drivers? How many have become widows or widowers?

How many will spend the rest of their lives in wheelchairs or in a vegetative state because someone didn’t have the sense or responsibility to know when to stop.

I don’t believe the problem is with the police, but in our courts. Too many drunk drivers are given a slap on the wrist and let go to do it again. Why don’t the courts take away their licenses and make them walk to work or take a cab if necessary for six months?

If they’re found driving without a license, jail time for a year. There’s no excuse for a person being behind a wheel with a record of three or more DUIs, no matter how old he/she is or how much money they have.

Judges, do your job and prevent fatalities on our highways. Lets hope for a better 2014.

— Joe Martinez, Arlington

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