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Tough New DUI Homicide Law Could Put Offenders Away For Life

Original post made by anne on Oct 20, 2007


The recent tragic deaths of two local young women in a DUI Homicide in Santa Barbara provides an opportunity to save maybe one life during the holiday drinking season that starts next week with Halloween and goes through January.

This life may be saved by FEAR.

Many people may not realize that if you drink or drug and drive and kill someone you now face a life sentence in state prison.

Essentially the charge is now murder.

Comments (6)

Posted by alma, a resident of Professorville
on Oct 20, 2007 at 5:48 pm

Thank you for opening this topic.

I agree that deep fear may indeed save bodies, minds and lives when it comes to serious drinking/ drugging driving and homicide.

We are not talking Carrie Nations or prohibition but we need to counter the popular culture of binge drinking /drugging and driving that effects young people and kids. Hollywood celebrities get away with a slap on the wrist and the whole thing becomes a joke, but the consequences are not a joke they are tragic


Posted by alma, a resident of Professorville
on Oct 20, 2007 at 5:49 pm

Thank you for opening this topic.

I agree that deep fear may indeed save bodies, minds and lives when it comes to serious drinking/ drugging driving and homicide.

We are not talking Carrie Nations or prohibition but we need to counter the popular culture of binge drinking /drugging and driving that effects young people and kids. Hollywood celebrities get away with a slap on the wrist and the whole thing becomes a joke, but the consequences are not a joke they are tragic


Posted by its not just drunk driving thats dangerous, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 21, 2007 at 7:10 am

I agree that raising awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving is important, but its not enough. Designating a driver before binge drinking takes care of removing one drunk from behind the wheel, but it doesn't address all the other bad choices the binge drinker makes while intoxicated. These decisions can be live-threatening as well. Unsafe sex, not wearing seatbelts, etc. etc. etc. Heavy drinking impairs thinking. Going after DUIs addresses only a part of the drinking to excess problem. Parents should teach their kids abut the rest. Make them FEAR not being able to think.


Posted by enough is enough, a resident of Professorville
on Oct 21, 2007 at 1:41 pm

10/21/07
On Saturday night, a 9-year-old girl sustained serious injuries in DUI car collision in Pleasanton. She was the passenger in her family's car that stopped on Owens Drive at Rosewood Drive to wait for the traffic signal to turn green. When the light turned green, the car moved into the intersection.

Their car was struck from behind by another vehicle, sending the family's car out of control and into the center median.

The 9-year-old girl was airlifted to Children's Hospital in Oakland and was listed in critical condition with multiple head injuries Saturday night.

Brian Monaghan, 53, of Pleasanton, who was driving the vehicle that rear-ended the family, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and booked into Santa Rita Jail. He was also arrested on suspicion of child endangerment because his 4-year-old son was riding in his vehicle at the time.


Posted by jock, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 21, 2007 at 2:21 pm


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration( NHTSA ) reports that 40% of traffic deaths are alcohol-related.

More than 17,500 people died in 2006 in alcohol related accidents.
Thats right 17,500 and imagine the pain and suffering of their loved ones.

source- Sunday NYT today 10/21/07 page 13 SportsSunday Section.


Posted by gomez, a resident of another community
on Nov 14, 2008 at 1:32 am

Thank for posting this topic.the highway report says that more than 60% of death is due to the drunken driving and makes accident.the govt have to put the new rules regarding the drunken driving.
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