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Friday, December 09, 2005

Ehrlichs would protect us only from young drunk drivers, but not from older drunks, Why?

(Posted December 9, 2005)
"First lady tackles drunken driving; Md. bill targets impaired drivers under 21"
Examiner, December 9, 2005 (by Anna Bailey, Examiner Staff Writer)
. . . During Thursday's "Maryland Remembers" event, Maryland first lady Kendel Ehrlich spoke briefly about a bill her husband plans to present during the upcoming General Assembly session that would suspend the driver's license of anyone younger than 21 for three years, or until they turn 21, if they are convicted of any alcohol- or drug-related driving infractions. . . .
"Ehrlich Renews Push for Tougher Penalties for Drunk Drivers"
wtopnews.com, December 5, 2005 (AP)
Underage drinkers who get caught driving should lose their licenses for three years or until they're 21, whichever is longer, under a proposal to be revived next year by Gov. Robert Ehrlich.
[. . .]
Sen. Brian Frosh, a Montgomery County Democrat, said lawmakers agreed on tough penalties for drunk driving but found Ehrlich's proposal too inflexible.

"Everybody wants to stamp out drunk driving. We all want to come down hard on folks who break the law, but it's hard to lay down one rule that applies justly to everybody," Frosh said.

"If kids caught with having a very minor amount of alcohol in the car when they're 16 can't drive until they're 21, you may be taking away a person's ability to make a living, and that can be significant," he said.
  • Why does Gov. Ehrlich seem concerned with the victims of young drunks, but not with the innocent victims of older drunks? Seems like a strange double standard.
  • Why isn't Sen. Frosh more concerned about "ability to make a living" of the innocents killed or maimed by drunk drivers?

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