Preventable violent crime


To the Editor:

MADD is saddened by the two alleged drunk driving crashes in Warwick. One crash killed a man, while the other injured five people, two of whom are our greatest resource and our future, children. Our hearts are with the victims and the families of this 100 percent preventable and violent crime.

The needless death and injuries in the devastating crashes are the reason why MADD advocates for passing strong laws and backing them up with strong law enforcement. We urge everyone to plan ahead if their plans include consuming alcohol to prevent these tragedies.

Eric Creamer

State Executive Director

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Rhode Island, State Office



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DUI/DWI sentencing needs an overhaul, but that is unlikely to happen in RI where litigation is king- too many attorneys in the General Assembly.

Stiffen the sentences, increase fines, increase mandatory minimums and run sentences consecutively, not concurrently, particularly for repeat offenders; eliminate plea bargains, particularly if they strike a pedestrian, occupied vehicle, or occupied structure.

Also, NO WAY should a person be arrested for a fourth, fifth, etc., offense and STILL have a license and not have served a term in prison and/or have their license revoked permanently.

Unfortunately, however, you'll never be able to legislate away alcoholism, substance abuse or, more often than not, stupidity.

Friday, March 10 | Report this

All well and good. But when someone is drinking, they quickly lose their ability to decide not to drive. There isn't a way to prevent someone who is drinking to not drive once they get to a certain point.

Tuesday, March 14 | Report this