By Ralph Hood
I no longer make New Year’s resolutions. I did in the past, but failed on every one.
This year, however, I do have a New Year resolution for our country. That resolution would be to eliminate drunk driving (hereinafter called DD).
Is it possible? Not totally, of course—we can’t totally stop any crime. But we can make a big difference.
DD needs to be punished more severely, even when there is no accident. DD should be heavily fined. It should also be seen as a social disgrace and embarrassment.
Above all, DD should be punished with time in jail.
Because in our country some 15,000 people per year are killed by DD. In 2018 that was not much lower than our murders.
Obviously, DD is a serious crime and should be treated—and punished—as such.
Instead, it often seems that DD is almost no crime at all. We even joke about it.
Rob a convenience store and you might be locked up and held until your trial. DD just doesn’t seem so bad.
Any driver who fails the breathalyzer test should be treated like any other criminal. As we all know, that driver has put other people in danger of injury or death.
Do you think I’m overreacting? Just consider those thousands of deaths and even more injuries every year. It’s not funny at all. It’s deadly serious.
Did I ever drink and drive? I did, when I was young, and have been ashamed of it ever since.
As I understand it, we have reduced the number of DD deaths. Let’s finish the job.
Now for a total change of subject…
It is a new year. So far, I have lived to see almost 80 New Years’ Days. That’s a buncha holidays, and I was excited at the arrival of each.
But, ah, I have come to realize that I will not see many more. Ten more would put me just shy of being 90 years old. I’m not at all certain that I even wish to live to be that old.
Ah well, I’ve enjoyed all of the past New Years’ Days; I’ll be glad to see a few more.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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