Letters: Harsher penalties for illegal driving

A motorist speeding in East Patchogue rear-ended one A motorist speeding in East Patchogue rear-ended one vehicle on Montauk Highway, then careened into an oncoming vehicle, Suffolk police said on Dec. 27, 2013. Photo Credit: Robert Garofalo

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Once again we read about a crash in which drug use and underage drinking were cited ["Ex-varsity star faces DWI, drug charges," News, March 5].

I ask Newsday to follow the alcohol trail. Police allege that the 20-year-old was able to get enough alcohol so that she was charged with driving while intoxicated, among other offenses. Where did she get it? Where did she consume it? And were those people held accountable?

If we want to have any real impact on this issue, we must hold all responsible parties accountable. This requires following the alcohol trail wherever -- and to whomever -- it leads.

Judi Vining, Long Beach

Editor's note: The writer is the executive director of the Long Beach Coalition to Prevent Underage Drinking.
 

Here we go again: A man was stopped for speeding, and it was discovered that his license had been repeatedly suspended ["License suspended 105 times," News, March 5].

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What is the limit to suspensions before a judge realizes that this person should go to jail? How can drivers feel safe knowing another driver can possibly have 105 license suspensions and still be on the road?

A license suspension does not prevent a person from driving, but incarceration does. Our system allows people to escape the punishment they deserve.

We must make our state legislators aware that harsher penalties should be given instead of just license suspensions.

Sanford Schneider, Island Park
 

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