Dallas Commentator Wants Harsher DUI Sentencing

Sharon Grigsby, editor at the Dallas Morning News, was upset when she saw the headline: “FATAL DWI nets four years.”

As the story is described, a 26 year old Plano woman got so drunk that she drove on the wrong side of the Dallas North Tollway, and crashed head-on with an SUV. The driver of the SUV, a teenager, was killed, and his best friend injured.

But the woman had a great Dallas DUI attorney who got her “off” with a 4 year sentence. She’ll be eligible for parole in two years. But Grigsby says that even the average sentence in such crimes – 15.7 years – is way too short.

One can argue it both ways. Yes, the victim is dead and isn’t coming back. To his loved ones, it’s every bit as painful as if he were murdered. But 15 years for drunk driving? It’s a matter of opinion…

One Response to “Dallas Commentator Wants Harsher DUI Sentencing”

  • matt

    08 Mar 2012 at 8:56 am

    4 years for killing someone
    yet if someone gets caught dealing pot, a drug that has never killed anyone, they will get much more.
    only federal laws will stop these, and as long as WE THE PEOPLE keep electing either RED or BLUE, nothing will get better.

    think about it? has it gotten better ever?

    France has made the right decision to install breathalizers in every car

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