I was very disappointed in our municipal and district courts when reading the June 19 Spokesman-Review. Three of our judges’ cases were reviewed, and they saw 23 defendants being charged with driving while intoxicated. Of the 23, only five left the courtroom with a DUI on their driving record. The remaining 18 cases all resulted in a fine, probation and a lesser charge.
I believe the vast majority would consider this to be sending the wrong message to these 18 lucky individuals, and sending the wrong message to our police officers when they do an outstanding job of recognizing and stopping these people from driving.
DUI is a serious offense and in the majority of cases should have serious consequences. Five of 23 would hardly be considered the majority.