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Should drunk drivers get the death penalty?

Discussion in 'Alcohol' started by letitherobe, Jun 22, 2015.

  1. lexinonomous

    lexinonomous Community Champion

    I believe that they need to serve their time, but I don't think they need to get the death penalty. They are fully responsible for their actions and what they've done is tragic, but I have always believed that two wrongs don't make a right. No one should be serving in death to make things right. I'm sure they're going to live out their lives with much guilt as it is.
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  2. 111kg

    111kg Community Champion

    Getting the ultimate penalty is not something small to talk about. As long as there is no proven intention to hit anyone, implicitly as long an accident wasn't planned, no driver should receive this harsh penalty. Come on, not in Texas they don't receive the death penalty, not even for several DUI.
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  3. dyanmarie25

    dyanmarie25 Community Champion

    As a Christian, I would never be in favor of death penalty. I believe only God has the right to take someone else's life. Although drunk driving is a serious offense, a person who does this act doesn't deserve to be killed right away.
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  4. Tremmie

    Tremmie Community Champion

    Eh, I guess it depends... I'd definitely never say it's ok to give death penalty to a guy who was caught speeding while drunk if no one got killed as a result of that. But even if someone got killed as a result, I'd not say that deserves death penalty. It'd be a different story if this guy was caught doing the very same a second or third time, then I'd think of a more severe punishment. Specially if this is second kill under the influence of alcohol. It's that when I'd consider death penalty.
  5. Joethefirst

    Joethefirst Community Champion

    No, I don't think that they should receive the death penalty. That is a bit extreme don't you think? I personally am not in favor of the death penalty, let alone for driving under the influence.
  6. Steve Dawson

    Steve Dawson Community Champion

    'Thou shalt not kill'

    Thats fairly unambiguous, very little room for flexibility in that statement. We as a society are civilised enough to punish people who endanger others, we as a society are also barbaric enough to want to take someone elses life for their actions, whether deliberate or accidental. I know lets start burning witches again and go back to a feudal system, that'd be more in keeping with a civilisation that thinks that killing can ever be justified.
  7. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    Right that drunk drivers should be penalized accordingly. I am not in favor for death penalty, better if lifetime imprisonment if there are lives lost due to drunk driving.
  8. vegito12

    vegito12 Community Champion

    I think they need to be punished as they do take lives and destroy families when a life is lost and this can cause emotional stress, and people can suffer for a long time and it is sad when children are affected as one parent is not there for them any more. I reckon the drunk drivers need to face consequences for their actions and some try to not take the responsibility of facing the issue, which will take time, and they should face a sentence and lose their license in the process as well. I reckon they may change their life around and if they get help it could benefit them in the process and hope that they don't do it again.
  9. juno

    juno Community Champion

    This is a big question. I think it matters as to whether you are pro death penalty or not. On one had, someone who is brash enough to get behind the wheel may not deserve any mercy. On the other had, there is the question of how severe do we want to be as a society.
  10. x9859x

    x9859x Member

    I agree that drunk drivers should not receive the death penalty, but I do believe that they should receive longer jail time and have their license provoked for a longer period than a year. I don't believe that anyone deserves the death penalty and although drunk drivers may not have a clear motive to kill someone; I believe that drunk drivers are well aware before they become drunk that someone can potentially die due to them driving a vehicle while intoxicated. Before the driver becomes intoxicated, they should have a designated driver assigned and allow the designated driver to drive home since the designated driver is not intoxicated and is able to focus on driving both of them safely home. Drunk drivers should not be treated as individuals that didn't mean to kill anyone because they made the decision to drink, and they made the decision to operate a moving vehicle. Letting a drunk driver get their license provoke is definitely a start, but more harsh consequences should be given whenever someone drives under intoxication.
  11. JonnyMacdonald

    JonnyMacdonald Community Champion

    Thank you, at least some people here are reasonable.
    I have not yet heard ONE good argument as to why ANYONE should be put to death.
    The death sentence is an outdated, barbaric practice that has ZERO good qualities.
    The government should never have the power to end the lives of it's own citizens, ever, period.

    Ever look at a list of countries that still use the DP vs countries that don't?
    There is a reason (other than USA) the only places left on earth support this type of non-sense are backwards, despotic third world countries while the rest of the modern world has abandoned this practice.
  12. PLP Rob

    PLP Rob Active Contributor

    No, of course not. You cannot sentence someone for what they potentially could have done. Let's not be ridiculous. Each of us has the potential to cause joy, sorrow, benefit, harm. We're not living in a Philip K. Dick novel. There's no such thing as pre-crime.
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  13. mayasupernova

    mayasupernova Active Contributor

    I would not say a death penalty, because I think they can get better if only they were given a chance, and if they see their problem. What I would do is get them to a rehab centre, and not let them out until everyone is sure they are cured. Plus, after I let them out, I would take away their driver's licence and give them bikes - in a healthy body a spirit is healthy, too. That might teach them a lesson. But no, not death penalty.
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  14. eveliner

    eveliner Senior Contributor

    I don't agree with the death penalty no matter what the respective individual did, be it genocide or whatever you call it, so it's even less for drunken drivers. Why kill someone? It doesn't solve anything. You're just taking his place. Let him endure the remorses.
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  15. lexinonomous

    lexinonomous Community Champion

    I would like to see Drunk Drivers go to jail for a lengthy amount of time. I also wouldn't mind seeing them get their license's taken away for the rest of their lives. Drunk driving should never be taken lightly, but I do not think anyone should get the death penalty.
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  16. kgord

    kgord Community Champion

    I think most of the entire country would be given the death penalty then. Maybe not everyone drives drunk but I bet a huge part of the population has gotten behind the wheel when they shouldnt have, and it is even more likely with reduction in drunk driving blood levels in most states. However, yes, some punishment is definitely in order. I think the laws on this are pretty strict huge fines, and a day or two in jail seem to cure most people.
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  17. FuZyOn

    FuZyOn Community Champion

    I'd love to see drunk drivers treated seriously. I wonder how many people would drive in a drunk state of mind if they'd risk getting their licence taken for a couple of years. There's no need for death penalty, just the inability to drive your car should be scary to think about.
  18. mayasupernova

    mayasupernova Active Contributor

    In my country, well actually in the nearby area of my home town, in another city, young people (and some older ones) can actually BUY a driver's licence illegally without going through any testing. They just learn how to drive some car from friends or family, and go to a certain person who issues them illegal driver's licence. Many of these people, especially in this area, turn to alcohol easily, as a means for running away from their everyday problems, and almost all of them are drivers, who actually obtained a licence this way.. I myself know a few. I was never in their car, nor would I ever be driven by someone like that...Many of them caused some accidents being drunk plus inexperienced and without any driving training. Everyone knows this is possible, but almost everyone is corrupted here...sad.
  19. Jasmine2015

    Jasmine2015 Community Champion

    I think the death penalty is a bit over the top. Getting behind the wheel drunk does has its consequences. Not only will you endanger your self and others, but you will go to jail and at some point never be able to drive again if you have repeat offenses. Im not even sure if you are even thinking about whether or not you might be endangering your self and others seeing as though I have never been drunk before. But what I do hope is that you have very responsible friends who will either get you a cab or drive you home.
  20. Hozyboy

    Hozyboy Active Contributor

    The death penalty us usually the harshest sentence. I think everyone should get a second chance. So on the first offence they should be left but on the second one then they can be given the death penalty.