There is still so much to do. Several states already have reckless homicide laws in place for unimpaired drivers. Our state is still very lacking. In Minnesota for example, a driver can be charged with criminal vehicular homicide if he was driving in a grossly negligent manner. This is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and up to $20,000 in fines. In Tennessee, a similar offense can suspend a drivers license for 3 to 10 years. We think these should be the minimal standards in all states. A driver’s license should not be a right. Drivers who take life should not be allowed to drive. We should all be expected to deserve and maintain privileges.
We hope you will take time to listen to your local news, and become aware of driving laws in your state. Your quality of life and family may be at risk. Make sure your representatives know that defending your lives against those who may view them as unimportant or disposable is a top priority of the community. Protection and respect for life is the least that we would expect of them.
There are many other reforms or additions to our laws, that we believe could enhance our driving safety. They were made apparent through our experiences.
- Immediate suspension of license for any driver who causes loss of life. He can have it reinstated if a hearing shows little evidence of negligence. Otherwise keep it suspended until charges are resolved.
- NC can suspend a provisional license for two moving violations in a 12 month period. In our case it was missed, but our lawmakers say this cannot happen again.
- Link high school and DMV data bases, so that parking passes can be revoked for moving violations and these students can’t be allowed to drive others to school events.
- Restrict the number of occupants in a vehicle to drivers with multiple moving violations.
- Make the maximum speed limit on all unposted roads 35 mph.Road not posted probably do not meet design criteria for high speed travel.
- Make discussion of calculated speeds allowable in court.These tragic events almost always happen beyond the eyes of the law, and the offenders are legally advised to say “I do not remember.”
Don’t let it end here. We urge you to share your unfortunate stories, or give us your input. Let’s work together to make things better for all of us.
Comments or questions are welcome.
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