ONE DEATH EVERY 48 MINUTES in the United States is caused by an alcohol impaired driver! The VICTIM of a crash caused by a drunk driver often faces a life sentence and in some cases a death sentence! The offender/the DRUNK DRIVER spends very little time in jail. PLEASE HELP CHANGE THIS!
MAKE 25 YEARS THE MINIMUM SENTENCE!!!!!!
The victim of a drunk driving crash is given a life sentence. My 9 year old nephew suffered traumatic brain injury when the car he was riding in was struck by a drunk driver.
In the instance of vehicular homicide caused by a drunk driver, the victim is given a death sentence. My sister, Christine Beilstein was KILLED in that same crash. However; the offender rarely receives a comparable sentence. In my sister's case, that drunk driver only received a sentence of 5-10 years. That drunk driver struck and killed my sister at 1:00 in the afternoon, driving a tow truck/without a license, and having an arrest record dating back a dozen years including multiple drunk driving offenses.
In 21 US states the sentencing guidelines start at ZERO!
The highest minimum sentence is in Tennessee where the sentencing range is 8-60 years.
ONLY one state, N. Dakota has a possible maximum penalty of Life in prison.
This is a sad statement from our judicial system. Diminishing the value of one's life as the minimum penalty for taking that life is NOTHING. Sentencing guidelines for Vehicular Homicide caused by a drunk driver should, at a very minimum, start with no less than 25 years imprisonment.
Every state should have LIFE Imprisonment as the maximum penalty for vehicular homicide caused by a drunk driver!
If YOUR loved one was killed by a drunk driver - what penalty would you want?
I urge you to please sign this petition. Please ask everyone you know to sign this petition.
ONE DEATH EVERY 48 MINUTES