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Crackdown needed on DUI offenders

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Posted: Friday, December 7, 2007 12:00 am

Dear Editor: Somehow driving under the influence of alcohol became twisted from a privilege to a right. Arizona State Sen. Jim Waring (R-Phoenix) is working to correct that twisted view and make it stick. He needs our support. The case of Lori Ann Gilbert driving drunk is a sad commentary on how the twisted view of driver's licenses needs to conform with Waring's initiatives. The police did not take advantage of the opportunity to take her license and let her continue to possess it. The loophole in the law allowed Gilbert to drive at least one more time drunk and plow into and kill Phyllis Martin. Hopefully, police will be required just to seize the license the first time. Drivers under the influence of alcohol, especially at a .36 rating, need to walk, take the bus, ask for rides. My quarrel with Sen. Waring is that the loophole he wishes to fill does not go far enough. Arizona needs a bill that permits seizure of a driver's license if the person is found to have metabolites of methamphetamine in their blood streams as well. If he cannot fit it under his bill, a spare striker would do. Mike Durham

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