Scene of an accident.

Scene of an accident. Credit: James Carbone

Newsday’s recent article “ ‘Forever broken’ after DWI death” [News, Jan. 27] should be a wake-up call for New York State to finally establish a zero-tolerance policy for drunken-driving offenses.

As the author of New York’s .08 blood-alcohol law and others against drunken driving, I find it tragic that individuals choose to drive drunk and risk killing people.

New York must enact mandatory jail for first-time drunken drivers, strengthen existing laws and end this epidemic. James Taggart Jr. of Levittown, who pleaded guilty to second-degree vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving, was sentenced to one year in jail and five years of probation for killing a man.

Robert Chapman Sr.’s family will never see him again. Enough is enough!

Charles Fuschillo Jr. Merrick

Editor’s note: The writer is a former state senator.