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Letter: Get serious about drunken driving

Car driving along a road.

Car driving along a road. Credit: iStock

In 2013, more than 10,000 people lost their lives because of drunken driving ["Grieving mom: 'In my heart forever,' " News, July 15]. Last week, not seven miles from my house, a woman lost her two children and her husband because of an alleged drunken driver.

People can do something about this carnage, just as they voiced their wishes to lower the Confederate flag in South Carolina. The people should demand:

A national law that all driver's licenses should be encoded so that the number of drinks served to patrons would be recorded.

Mandated breathalyzer tests for people leaving establishments that serve alcohol.

Escalating drunk driving penalties, starting at a minimum of one week in house arrest or jail, until it is found sufficient to deter this senseless slaughter that our politicians have not successfully addressed.

If these measures seem too inconvenient, think of Lucnie Bouaz-Ostane, the mother who just wants her family back.

Michael Brozinsky, Central Islip