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Suspend ALL DUI offenders from the roads for life!

Original post made by Anna, South of Midtown, on Sep 10, 2006

The tragic loss of an innocent biker the other day - killed by a driver under the influence - is yet another reminder that the roads are dangerous.

When will our legislators demand ZERO tolerance for alchohol on the road?

Any first offense for DUI should be an AUTOMATIC 5-year suspension of one's license, with jail time for violating the suspension. All violaters should be required to wear remote monitoring devices for 5 years, so they can be tracked while being transporting, so that thier means of transport can be randomly checked.

After that, a second offense should mean LIFETIME suspension, with SEVERE jail time for violating the suspension.

Enforce that law, and watch the DUI numbers drop.

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Posted by R.S.
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 10, 2006 at 9:35 am

Wow, Anna, that was fast. This guy was already tried and convicted in less than a week! And now you're sentencing him. Good job.


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Posted by Anna
a resident of South of Midtown
on Sep 10, 2006 at 2:38 pm

Thanks! He deserves it, don't you think?


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Sep 11, 2006 at 11:06 am

Wow, Anna. Why not just give them the death penalty?


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Posted by Jane Doe
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 11, 2006 at 12:20 pm

People get killed all the time by sober people too! Please don't be careless to assume that sober people know how to drive any better!


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Posted by Anna
a resident of South of Midtown
on Sep 11, 2006 at 1:12 pm

It'sa revelation to see the reaction to making someone who, prior to getting into a 2+ ton hunk of metal, and has knowingly ingested a substance known to alter consciousness, who then goes on to kill or maim others, should somehow be permitted to drive again, ever.

Why do we permit this travesty?

I wonder how these people would feel if the victim was their child, or a good friend.

Apparently, our DUI laws and punishments are not a sufficient deterrent, so people continue to be killed.

When are we going to take this seriously, for the real crime that it is?


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Posted by Cyclist fearing for his life
a resident of Green Acres
on Sep 11, 2006 at 1:35 pm

I think it's not unreasonable to suggest death penalty for repeating drunk drivers, especially when their actions are determined to have led to the death of others.


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Posted by Kim Newell
a resident of Green Acres
on Sep 11, 2006 at 4:06 pm

Suspend all licenses for people that kill anyone on the roads!


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Posted by Anna
a resident of South of Midtown
on Sep 11, 2006 at 4:15 pm

Another idea:

I think our local newspapers can help by PROMINENTLY listing the names of ALL individuals convicted of DUI. Our community (and others) should know who among them so disregard the lives of them, their children, and their friends.

Those names should be put on a CUMULATIVE LIST, so that if someone is convicted of DUI, their name lives in the newspaper, under "DUI convistions" for at least a year.

There should be a SIGNIFICANT degree of public shame and humiliation for anyone with a DUI conviction. IN addition to that, ANYONE with a DUI conviction should be REQUIRED, by law, to go into counseling for substance abuse.




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Posted by Mike
a resident of another community
on Sep 11, 2006 at 4:31 pm

One witness at the scene stated that when the "alleged" drunk driver climbed out of his car at the bottom of a ditch, he polished off a bottle of malt liquor before climbing up to the road. Gotta go with Anna on this one. Hopefully he hasn't bonded out of jail yet.


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Posted by Moe
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 11, 2006 at 4:48 pm

Anna wrote: "I think our local newspapers can help by PROMINENTLY listing the names of ALL individuals convicted of DUI. Our community (and others) should know who among them so disregard the lives of them, their children, and their friends."

Why don't we extend that to all the careless drivers who drive while yakking on their cell phones or fiddle with the car radio while driving?

[Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]


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Posted by Anna
a resident of South of Midtown
on Sep 11, 2006 at 6:38 pm

In fact, there are MANY activities that people engage in on the road that are unsafe - cell phone use, applying makeup, reading (ride the LA freeways as drivers have their nose in "People Magazine"), tuning the radio, interruption by passengers (especiallychildren, driving while unduly fatigued, roadrage, testosterone display by teenagers (including female teens), etc. etc.

Yes, these are ALL unsafe behaviors. Nevertheless, there is a way to PROVE, without a shadow of a doubt, that someone who has ingested drugs or alcohol IN VIOLATION OF LAW, has caused a fatal accident, or ANY accident while DUI.

The current deterrence is NOT working. 1/3 of all deaths on the road are DUI related - that's THOUSANDS of deaths yearly, caused mby people who BROKE THE LAW.

When hands-free laws are passed, I woudl expect the SAME or similar kinds of enforcement.

Teen and college DUI deaths are INCREASING!
Web Link

Take the scofflaws OFF the road for FIVE years, with STRICT enforcement. PUBLIC HUMILIATION via printed lists in newspapers, and other social deterrents would also work. We have to so something to STOP this unnecessary carnage once and for all.

I'm not sure, but printing the names of those who are convicted of DUI is public information and available for reproduction by ANYONE. So, I may start taking ads out in this and other newspapers with the names of locals who are convicted of DUI, prominently pubishing them in a cumulative list for a year, until people start getting the message that driving DUI is a DANGEROUS crime that NO community will tolerate.


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Posted by Richard
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 11, 2006 at 9:24 pm

Public shaming may work in some communities and for some offenders, but not for all. Hard-core alcoholics who have been repeatedly convicted of DUI don't care who knows. Often their family members know their situation but do nothing to stop it, for one reason or another.

I agree that we need conviction with TEETH to keep people from continuing to drive after their license is suspended or revoked. Driving is a privilege that should be denied to those who abuse it, even if it causes them personal hardship. The friends and families of victims of these horrible crashes suffer far more hardship than not being able to drive to work.

In the World Trade Center attack there were 3,000 people killed. In the 5 years since then we have spent over $180 billion on homeland security, and another $320 billion on the war in Iraq. In those same 5 years 210,000 Americans have died in car crashes, and the fedreal government has spent only about $4 billion on highway safety! We are not putting our money where it will do the most to protect us from the biggest dangers we face. People are far more afraid of terrorists than car crashes, but this is emotion and not logic. If politicians were logical we would be spending 100 times as much as we are on creating safer roads and better drivers.


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Posted by Alan
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Sep 12, 2006 at 10:08 pm

What I find most distubing about this, is after the driver of a car hits a bicyclist they often just drive away. This also happened to the bicyclist killed last year at the intersection of Charleston and Wilke Way (if I recall correctly). The bicyclist in that incident was a Stanford employee biking to work and was hit by a drunk real estate agent.

I know the driver the in that case was going to trial for manslaughter. Does anyone know the final outcome of that trial? I would like to know if that person is in jail right now. Also, the first thing to do is make sure when a bicyclist is hit that the trial get covered, and does not get ignored.

I personally think that the punishment for leaving the scene of an accident involving a pedestrian or bicyclist needs to be sever. Perhaps upgrading manslaughter to murder.


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Posted by Alan
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Sep 12, 2006 at 10:30 pm


This is the story regarding the case driver that killed the bicyclist on Charleston last year. The driver was Craig Borlik and he didn't bother to stop after dragging the victum 40 feet under his SUV. What happened to this case?
Web Link



Also, I forgot about the case when a six year old girl riding to school was hit by a High school student driving to Gunn in 2003. The her name was Amy Malzbender and she would have been 9 years old this year.


In all of these cases the driver of the car just kept going after hitting the bicyclist.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 13, 2006 at 9:35 am

As cyclist's mother watches, driver denies killing her son

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Posted by another Paly mom
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 18, 2006 at 3:02 pm

It is time to actually get tough on drunken drivers. This guy appeared to be arrogant about striking and killing the bicyclist on Old Palo Alto Rd. It's really scary that these people are out there driving these massive vehicles - they should be off the road.


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Posted by another Paly mom
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 18, 2006 at 3:02 pm

oops - I meant old Page Mill Rd.


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Posted by midtown area employee
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 23, 2006 at 10:55 am

I too have been wondering what the sentence given to Craig Borlik for his DUI/child endangerment/manslaughter were. Does anyone know what the sentence given was ?


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Posted by Frank
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Nov 25, 2006 at 2:18 pm

here's an answer for you cyclists: get a car.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of another community
on Jan 19, 2007 at 10:28 pm

Frank: Because clearly drunk drivers never kill anyone in another vehicle.

Serious question: were you under the influence yourself when you posted that?


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Posted by Carolyn
a resident of another community
on Jan 20, 2007 at 6:21 am

Mandatory Twelve-step AA program


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Posted by unknown
a resident of another community
on Mar 30, 2008 at 1:54 pm

advice for those cyclists :get a car?

yeah stupid idea, bad for the environment, and who is to say if those cyclists start driving they may become under the influence?

and as for posting the names of impaired drivers on websites i agree with it but seriously not many people are going to read about it, other than noisy people who want to know everything about everyone and most likely those impaired drivers arent going to go look up themselves and say wow my name is on a website that most people in my community are not going to read....im never going to drink and drive again....

and isn't one assumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law? and they are placing these names in before these people are convicted?

but ty, these comments are helping with my school project =P let me know your opinion on my questions to help furthermore...ty


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Posted by Tim
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 3, 2008 at 6:03 pm

Other towns list their names and their crime. Morgan Hill Times is one.
NOT politicaly correct Palo Alto. Don't know who would show up on that list!


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Posted by Mike
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 3, 2008 at 9:47 pm

"I think our local newspapers can help by PROMINENTLY listing the names of ALL individuals convicted of DUI."

I haven't agreed with Anna in a long time, but this is one of them.

Multi-year suspension, with NO exceptions, none, nada - - in addition to rpominently placing the name of the DUI perp on the front page. Best thing since the public pillory!


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Posted by Mike
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 3, 2008 at 9:54 pm

DUI laws in foreign countries

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