Drunk Driving Remains an...

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Drunk Driving Remains an Issue As we become older and older, we are becoming more aware of the evils that surround our world. Drunk driving has become one of the most common crimes in our country, with some arguing that 2016 is one of the worst years for drunk driving in America's history. In 2016, 28 people died per day due to drunk driving, the highest rate in years. In 2015, there were 35,000 cases of drunk driving in Michigan alone, a number that has seen slight decrease over the years but still a staggering amount. Michigan and the rest of the country have made it an effort to stop drunk driving, making public commercials that indicate how fatal drinking under the influence can be. Just this morning, the Jackson County Sheriff Office arrested 7 Michigan residents for reckless driving under the influence. This issue is becoming all the more real and despite more awareness, results have not been seen. With deaths piling up, the state has to come up with some solutions to limit this problem going forward. Currently, the first offense of a DUI results in a misdemeanor that leads to a suspended license, fines, and community service. My questions to the caucus: 1. Should we make a first time offense punishable with jail time? 2. Should the state prioritize self-driving cars that could prevent such fatalities? 3. Could the state spend more state funds on making the public more aware of how bad drunk driving could be? http://criminal-law.freeadvice.com/criminal-law/drunk_driving/first-dui.htm http://www.cbsnews.com/news/2016-may-go-down-as-one-of-the-worst-years-for-drunk-driving-deaths/ http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2017/04/jackson_county_sheriffs_office_944.html#incart_river_index http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2015/12/men_are_73_of_dui_arrests_and.html