If the charges against Alex Perez (Feb. 25 “Charges filed in fatal hit-and-run”) are accurate and there is evidence to support them, then this young man needs to be held accountable. Perez is 23, he knows the law and took a chance. Bad idea.
DUI is probably the most egregious and certainly the most deadly; yet, easily avoidable of all traffic accidents. The penalties aren’t nearly harsh enough and maybe this case would be a good place to change that.
Be aware, this is not a top priority with many politicians and some regular folks who just don’t get it. You know, those who have the “I-only-had-a-few-beers” mentality. There will be resistance, excuses and ultimately a plea.
That is where the entire process goes to pot. There are plenty of innocent families who have had their world destroyed due to this behavior. Driving has become more a sport than a responsible activity. The law-breaking has become epidemic, with drivers ignoring all standards designed to protect us.
We are killing each other with a different “weapon,” yet there is nowhere near the outcry from the majority as there is to guns.
I will repeat the oft-stated comment, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” Guess what? “Cars” can be substituted for “guns,” yet nearly everyone reading this letter commits a crime every single time they get behind the wheel! Mothers Against Drunk Driving has tried for years to get folks to understand and local law enforcement has pleaded with people to be responsible, call a cab, get a designated driver or simply stay where they are after drinking.
The numbers go up every year and there is no excuse for that. I write repeatedly about dangerous drivers and there are seldom any reasonable efforts to change things. Guns are dangerous in the wrong hands. Cars are dangerous when you drive irresponsibly. Slow down, don’t drink and drive.