State’s tooth­less felony DUI law

The Denver Post - - OPNION - Re: David Costantino,

“1st felony DUI con­vic­tion by Den­ver jury handed down,” Nov. 30 news story.

With re­gards to Colorado’s new felony DUI law, I read that the state’s first such con­vic­tion would re­sult in “pro­ba­tion to up to six years of prison.” This sen­tence, for what was a fourth offense, is an ab­so­lute joke. The point of a law tar­get­ing re­peat of­fend­ers should be to ac­tu­ally pun­ish them ap­pro­pri­ately for com­mit­ting mul­ti­ple crimes. Un­til we get se­ri­ous about the dan­gers of driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence, we’re never go­ing to solve the prob­lem.

You can’t go a sin­gle day with­out read­ing about an in­no­cent per­son hit by a drunk driver. DUI can kill; we need to ac­knowl­edge that in prop­erly ad­dress­ing this need­less and sense­less, yet ha­bit­ual, crime. Send let­ters of 150 words or fewer to open­fo­rum@ den­ver­ or 101 W. Col­fax Ave., Suite 800, Den­ver, CO, 80202. Please in­clude full name, city and phone num­ber. Con­tact us at 303-954-1331.

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