Stronger Punishments for Higher Blood Alcohol Concentrations (BAC)

A person who drives 20 miles per hour (mph) through a 15 mph school zone would get one punishment whereas a person who drives 50 mph through the same school zone is a much greater threat to safety and would receive a much stronger punishment. That's logical and reasonable.

Similarly a person who drives with an illegal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 should get one punishment whereas a person who drives with a BAC of twice the legal limit is much more dangerous to safety and should get a much more severe punishment. That, too, logical and reasonable.

Unfortunately, courts sometimes fail to distinguish between levels of BAC when sentencing DWI offenders and that's illogical and unacceptable.

Reference:

  • Williams, Walt. DUI proposal focuses on blood-alcohol content. State-Journal, December 13, 2007.

Filed Under: Drinking and Driving