Thursday, May 13, 2010

Naïve solution

Posted on Thu, May 13, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Maybe Mr. Strohmaier needs to look deeper into the drunk driving problem. His intentions are good but to me naïve. As a recovering alcoholic and sober for over 23 years, my observations are you cannot fine, scare or force a drunk into recovery. Only severe consequences ultimately work and help them reach a point where they decide help is needed. A $500 fine is merely an inconvenience to someone with a drinking problem. Loss of a driver’s license only puts unlicensed drivers on the road. Jail time is effective, public humiliation is not. Unfortunately, a problem drinker has to drink their way to a point of desperation before they seek help. I’m open to other ways but this is the only one I’ve seen to be effective. I am very pleased to see the problem is seriously being recognized. The slaughter on the highways has to come to an end.

Charley Abell

Missoula

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