Just another tequila sunrise — and make it to go

New Mexico has a huge drunk driving problem. A little over a week ago, four teenagers were killed. A few years ago, five members of the same family. Before that, it was a mother and her three small children. It never seems to stop. I have no idea why New Mexicans do this in numbers so much greater than Americans at large, but they do. My NMI column this week discusses what we should — and shouldn’t — do about this terrible problem.

Comments 2

  1. MIT Mommy wrote:

    Well said, as usual. I think it is typical for people to think that lowering the BA limit would help – missing the point. The problem is often not the laws, but the ability to effectively enforce them.

    I actually wonder if there shouldn’t be mandatory classes for family members in ways to deal with alcoholics. I remember the effect it had on a friend in high school when she was frequently driving her father around due to his DUI’s. Punishment is a deterrent, but it often does not solve the problem.

    Posted 07 Jul 2009 at 9:24 pm
  2. Foxfier wrote:

    I kind of like the idea of raising the BAC requirements for “drunk driving”, then taking away licenses on first or second time they’re caught. Then raise the penalty for driving without a license REALLY high. (this would also hit illegals, which are another road hazard)

    But I’m one of those loons that thinks we should enforce the “hazardous driving” laws, instead of writing new laws outlawing various things….

    How about a new catch-all? “Hazardous driving while under the influence”– doesn’t matter if it’s alcohol, cough syrup, a prescription, weed, whatever. If you’re driving dangerously and are chemically effected, throw the book at you.

    Posted 08 Jul 2009 at 1:20 am

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