DUI

2/5/2019

In the late 1970’s, a policy directive was initiated to confront a nagging problem that was affecting people across America: drunken drivers. The country’s earlier attempt to outlaw alcohol from 1920 until 1933 was a dismal failure. All it accomplished was to drive the fermenting business underground and enrich the lives of gangsters who organized its manufacture, sale, and distribution. Consumption of alcohol has never been banned in the United States and its chemical properties must have been recognized by our country’s founding fathers as a favorable right. Due to the fact that America has been founded on many freedoms that have been modified over the last 2.5 centuries, efforts are underway to ratify the 28th Amendment. Stipulated in this bill, is the right of a person who has been drinking to drive in a one-hour window to get to their destination. The recommended time varies according to each state, but the vast majority have opted for a 1AM to 2 AM time frame. This would allow the individual the right to drive his vehicle home without harassment. All sober citizens are warned to clear the highways during these time intervals and if a situation should arise where travel is required, the risk is with you. With all the safety features, such as accident avoidance, found in new vehicles, incidents would be minimal and with all the cameras in place, drunken drivers would be liable for their mistakes in paying restitution for any damage they created. This would ensure that the majority of our drinking citizens would be given a constitutional right to drink and drive. If an argument ensues as to the intelligence of such behavior, evidence is overwhelming in that the law enforcement individuals and the judicial members who rule on these infractions have, at times, driven drunk themselves. Hypocrisy needs to be addressed by our Constitution. The same one drafted by people who were unhappy with a paranoid, controlling government in England. 

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