This stupid idea that the courts should somehow be our conscience and try to help us with our “problem” by sending us to AA or rehab or counseling, etc….is very creepy and Orwellian.
Look, alcohol consumption is LEGAL in this country. Let me decide if it’s a problem that I want to address. Sure, if I break the law as a result of my choice to drink and drive, then an appropriate penalty addressing that specific offense is in order. That penalty should address my right to drive, not my moral compass.
I also think that incarceration is also a tad drastic for such offenses unless there is bodily injury or death that occur as a result.
So what to do then?
I don’t think it’s all that complicated. Driving IS a privilege and nothing to be taken lightly considering that automobiles weigh several tons and can cause significant harm if used recklessly.
We have laws to adhere to so that the general population is protected as much as possible. Where there are laws, we have something called a “Penal” system for those who break them.
Penal as in penalty. So if you abuse your rights to drive, then as a penalty, your rights to drive should be curtailed if not revoked.
So, I think for a first offense, you should have your license suspended for 3 months (with a work allowance to drive to and from your job)
2nd time? Shame on you, you should have known better. One year suspension without any provisional allowances.
3rd time? Loser, suspended for life. No more drive time for you pal. If you’re caught driving, 6 months in the hole unless it was a matter of life or death like getting someone to a hospital in an emergency or something like that.
Hey, if people realize that they have an issue, then help should be made available to them if they want it but it shouldn’t be mandated and forced down their throat, especially if that help is nothing more than faith healing.