This week’s question:
St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells reported to media outlets that at least three new surveillance cameras have been installed in St. Lawrence County over the summer to help law enforcement. Wells told 7 News that the cameras, or "plate readers," are part of a larger surveillance system funded by federal Homeland Security and state grants. The weather-resistant cameras were reportedly used during the abduction of two Amish sisters from Heuvelton.
Do you support more surveillance cameras being installed in St. Lawrence County?
Results will be posted Monday, Sept. 8.
Last week's question:
St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain says her office will no longer reduce driving while intoxicated charges.
She said the new policy is aimed at reducing the number of drunk drivers on the road.
Do you support this change in policy?
49.8% -- Yes
44.1% -- No
6.1% -- Undecided
Do you think it will further discourage drunk driving?
66.5% -- No
21.6% -- Yes
11.9% -- Undecided
Total responses: 494
Total comments: 175
Here are your comments:
It is unfortunate that the voters did not educate themselves before they went to the polls. Every person who voted for Rain should have their voting privileges revoked for 4 years.
8/29/2014 8:37 AM
Should be geared toward addiction recovery.
8/29/2014 7:31 AM
I believe it should be a harsh punishment, I also think photo should be put in paper, on the internet news sites and TV when got drunk driving. Also a bright pink or neon color sticker put on their vehicle. It is attempted murder every time a drunk touches its keys.
8/29/2014 6:54 AM
She needs to stop trying to be the judge and jury.
8/29/2014 6:25 AM
I was hit by two cars as a pedestrian whose drivers were drunk. Many innocent lives either get killed or seriously harmed by motor vehicle accidents caused from impaired drivers. There needs to be a higher accountability of those who drink and drive as well as other behaviors such as text and drive. I am all for tough sentences.
8/29/2014 12:03 AM
Only Republican Right wing Christians will get favorable treatment from the goons
8/28/2014 11:03 PM
It's going to be expensive because all DWI's will now be taken to trial. What do you have to lose. Also, I think she is a media hound and likes to see her name and picture in/on the news. She seems to have told the entire world all of the evidence she has against the Amish girls kidnappers-not a very smart move. The more she gives out, the less likely she is to win this case!
8/28/2014 9:15 PM
I don't think it would be fair when trained police can't get the bBAC to work property, not able to get it to calibrate, after 3 tries, and still issue a DWI ticket, in this example human and mechanical error occurred and DWI still issued. It was noted in papers, on internet problems with this particular BAC analyzer. Yet it was allowed. For some it is circumstances, not actual bac results that are truth.
8/28/2014 9:00 PM
Why isn't the paper making the public aware of the "living" arrangements of the new DA and her chimp the Assistant DA? They live together and she advocated for a raise for him? Come on people get with the program here!
8/28/2014 8:49 PM
She claims that it will encourage defense attorneys to talk to prosecutors, but if there's no room to deal, what is there to talk about? The concept of plea bargains was to settle cases without costly court battles. This policy seems to do just the opposite.
8/28/2014 8:38 PM
These idiots never learn. They continue to drink and drive and kill people.
8/28/2014 7:57 PM
It is the states policy to reform violators whenever possible.
8/28/2014 6:48 PM
Nice job giving her a chance to distract from the witch-hunt she is leading.
8/28/2014 4:02 PM
she's only going to backlog the courts even more than they are now because she's not doing her job that the people elected her to do!
8/28/2014 2:24 PM
Fine if it is applied fairly and across the board. Too many people who "know someone" get turned loose while others are nailed to a cross.
8/28/2014 2:05 PM
This change will be as ad hoc as Mary Rain is. This doesn't change the numbers of drinkers on the road. It will change the money added to county coffers, and the fattening of local attorneys seeking the reductions they will inevitably obtain for their clients, but not the number of drunk drivers. This is a policy aimed at attention-seeking, and a diversion by Ms. Rain from the ongoing nonsense with Ms. St. Hilaire, not reducing the numbers of drunk drivers. Thank you.
8/28/2014 1:35 PM
Is this a new policy or just this DA doing the job that all other DAs have failed to do before her? Also, what will it matter of the courts do not follow through as well?
8/28/2014 1:13 PM
Unfortunately, I don't think we'll see a decrease in people driving after drinking. It's all just the luck of the draw, anyway, but people will continue to do it.
8/28/2014 1:06 PM
It is my thought that we have lost enough jobs to DWI laws already, bartenders, waitresses, ect.
8/28/2014 1:06 PM
Everyone deserves one chance. Is she changing the policy so that no plea bargains will be allowed for any crime? Of course not. Just a headline grab.
8/28/2014 11:41 AM
The system currently in place with the drinking driver program, drug court, etc. seems to be working well for those able to learn from what they have done and not recommit. For those who continue to reoffend this will not help--they will continue to drink and drive until they are incarcerated. Driving without a license does not seem to bother a whole lot of people!
8/28/2014 11:05 AM
Rain's office can't handle the cases they have now, what are they going to do when more DWI cases go to trial?
8/28/2014 9:33 AM
It will not result in keeping more drunk drivers off the road. All it will do is increase the cost of prosecution.
8/28/2014 9:26 AM
Start with no reductions for sex offenders and pedifiles. If pulled over do not blow. Taking all cases to jury will cost the county a lot more in the long run.
8/28/2014 9:25 AM
It's a disease. The consequences for cell phone usage is steep, and it has not discouraged cell phoning while driving. She really needs to put some more thought into anything she does.
8/28/2014 7:25 AM
Drivers who have been convicted twice for drunk driving should never be able to obtain a drivers license.
8/28/2014 7:03 AM
This really sucks. I've had 4 of them reduced so far. Do you know how much money and time this policy has saved me?
8/28/2014 6:38 AM
Mary needs to be removed from office, she is out of control.
8/28/2014 6:06 AM
With nothing to lose, all the attorneys will now just demand trials for every single case, clogging the court system and wasting taxpayer dollars. Then Ms. Rain will start her complaining about having too much work to do and not having enough staff, repeating what she has done in various positions over many years. She is very good at pandering to the public and spouting media sound bites, but it is getting very tiresome to watch her shoot herself in the foot over and over again.
8/28/2014 12:45 AM
Why were they reducing them?
8/27/2014 11:56 PM
The only way it will hit home is stiffer charges and make them stick- things have been too lax for far too long.
8/27/2014 10:22 PM
You have to look at each case individually. Some need a little help and maybe rehab depending on the case.
8/27/2014 9:29 PM
It won't stop the individuals that drive without a license due to too many DWIs. What do you do with them?
8/27/2014 9:08 PM
8/27/2014 8:53 PM
The DA should focus on repeat drunk drivers, who clearly have failed to learn from their mistakes, especially the ones who drive without a license.
8/27/2014 8:34 PM
This should have been done a long time ago. Although it will not decrease the number of DWI's as people will still do it. Just will depend who it is. Why don’t we start impounding vehicles that the drunks are driving and they would then be auctioned off.
8/27/2014 7:44 PM
She is offering plea bargains to child rapists tho?
8/27/2014 7:08 PM
People who drink and drive need a wake up call! I hear about drivers that have had 4-5 DWI's and they still have a license where's the justice??
8/27/2014 6:18 PM
People will take it to trial, instead. This will cause a backlog of cases and cost the taxpayers more in the long run. Yes, drunk driving is a big problem in the North Country. This is not a practical solution.
8/27/2014 5:08 PM
Until a high priced lawyer comes along with a sweet deal. I have read about 4 & 5 or even without a license and still driving.
8/27/2014 4:24 PM
Absolutely! This is wonderful! They only people that will have a problem with this is the drunks! get them off the road and lets keep people safe!
8/27/2014 3:02 PM
What is the cops were wrong?
8/27/2014 3:01 PM
It is all about money. Big bucks for lawyers, classes. lock the drunk driver up, job is lost, family suffers. Educate on the evils. And go after the texters, phone junkies and druggies.
8/27/2014 1:50 PM
This is more of DA Rain being crazy. Duve did this and it failed dismally. It will increase costs to taxpayers (didn't she promise to save us money), cause congestion in the courts while people wait for trials (unlike what she promised to do), and prohibits looking at each case on its merits (like she promised), and give no discretion to the ADA's (like she promised). Does anyone besides me see a pattern. DA Rain can't help herself. She is a liar. That said, nobody is in favor or Drinking and Driving, but we need real solutions for our very rural area besides just take their license, lock ‘em up, and throw away the key. Get at the problem from the front end, not by making the result harsher.
8/27/2014 1:43 PM
Youth and inexperience should be taken into account. One bad experience can haunt a person for a long time.
8/27/2014 1:35 PM
Everyone makes mistakes. Have not you?
8/27/2014 1:15 PM
We need to have the appropriate convictions on the record so that repeat offenders can be identified sooner.
8/27/2014 12:07 PM
Human intelligence and judgement remain key parts of law enforcement.
8/27/2014 10:49 AM
Would like to see more serious crimes with the same policies, rape, drug, crimes against children.
8/27/2014 10:17 AM
too many brag that it is only the 1st I will get reduced like it is no big deal
8/27/2014 10:02 AM
This will just make everyone want to go to trial since they have nothing to lose and will prolong cases longer and cost the county more money!
8/27/2014 9:54 AM
she is on a power trip,and using her own agendas
8/27/2014 9:50 AM
You go for it girl, about time someone in the District Attorney's Office has some guts. Keep up the good work on corruption too!
8/27/2014 8:46 AM
The absolute refusal to look at the individual circumstances of the case is horrible; while drunk driving is never good, the drivers are individuals in particular circumstances which should be considered.
8/27/2014 8:25 AM
Why on earth would anyone in their right mind ever, ever reduce driving while intoxicated charges? If a person is charged with a crime they should pay for that crime, not a reduced one. I am shocked that this would even be an option.
8/27/2014 8:21 AM
If people would just take a minute to think before they get behind the wheel, there would be less drunk or drugged drivers on the roadways.
8/27/2014 8:20 AM
The law is the law. Those kinds of offenses should never have been reduced to start with.
8/27/2014 7:34 AM
Long past due!
8/27/2014 6:06 AM
It is all about the money
8/27/2014 1:37 AM
Yes, drunk drivers kill thousands of people every year. Many drunk drivers simply don't care because they are friends with the law enforcement officers. These unethical officers will rather give them a ride home than do their job. A drunk driver hit my vehicle a few years ago, no injuries. The police would not do a sobriety test on him because he was an immediate relative of a village official.
8/26/2014 11:09 PM
She is a crazy person. My first impression of her was watching while she tried to chug champagne. (It was a fail...)
8/26/2014 9:23 PM
Charge reductions are available for all kinds of crimes...how can you take away reductions for DWI when it is legal to give a reduction?
8/26/2014 9:19 PM
It's about time. Ask Eva Waters from Massena how she feels about being in an accident with a man who had not one, not two, or three, or four, or five and more alcohol related arrests and continues to drive. She has $500,000. in medical bills and they keep coming in. No doubt in my mind she will ever collect enough to cover her bill from him. Not to take away from the ALS challenge, but maybe we can get ice bucket challenges to help her with her bills. Not sure if he had a valid license or not, but there is one sure way to keep him off the road...lock him up. Also not sure if this will be effective in discouraging drunk driving or how long DA Rain will be able to prosecute to the fullest extent until the state tells her it is too expensive to lock them all up...but ask Eva how expensive it is for her when we don't.
8/26/2014 8:06 PM
It might make sense for repeat offenders, but first timers should usually be given a chance at substance abuse counseling and/or drug court before turning to criminal sanctions
8/26/2014 5:18 PM
Drinking and driving is a choice NOT an accident
8/26/2014 5:10 PM
Yes, if the law pertains to everyone (including politicians). I think it might discourage drunk driving for those of us that are not addicted to it.
8/26/2014 4:57 PM
I think its about time someone did this
8/26/2014 4:55 PM
8/26/2014 4:25 PM
Good plan, but not enough. Bad drivers of all sorts should lose their licenses and their cars should be confiscated, even if this burdens the others in their lives. If the price of irresponsible driving was the loss of their precious vehicle, their spouses or significant others would put pressure on them to behave.
8/26/2014 4:22 PM
I think people who drink and drive are not concerned with the consequences no matter what they are, so although this may be a good policy, I don't believe it will change the number of drunk drivers on the road.
8/26/2014 3:40 PM
Lets hope this includes everyone Mary Rain..... whoever gets behind a wheel means everyone!
8/26/2014 3:28 PM
I think an across the board policy doesn't do the public any good. It should be determined on a case-by-case basis. First time offender and otherwise good citizen should be able to have their charges reduced. However, reducing charges of someone who has a history of substance abuse or routine offender should be penalized to the fullest.
8/26/2014 2:35 PM
Circumstances should be taken into account on these cases. Zero tolerance policies always lead into problems that are unanticipated.
8/26/2014 2:33 PM
The only people who don't agree with this are those who choose to drink and drive.
8/26/2014 1:14 PM
Well, the good news is that DA Rain is giving some attention to actual crimes rather than investigating county administration
8/26/2014 1:13 PM
I have lost all respect for her since she took office. Wish I never voted for her.
8/26/2014 12:44 PM
It is going to cost the taxpayer more money. People will be taking all stops to trial. There is no incentive to plea,
8/26/2014 12:06 PM
Everyone should be allowed one mistake...It's when people continue to do it over and over that it is a problem.
8/26/2014 11:46 AM
What about driving stoned repeatedly with revoked license and then finally killing someone? Like Daniel Lester did?
8/26/2014 11:32 AM
It's unfortunate but in that business you always need 'wiggle' room. And yes there will be those who abuse 'wiggle' room - something's never change.
8/26/2014 10:46 AM
Too many drunks on the road. Try driving drunk in Europe and you'll spend life in prison!
8/26/2014 10:41 AM
I am usually very liberal in most cases but as the saying goes " It is what it is! Individuals should be held accountable for their deeds, not "almost accountable". When thieves commit a burglary and they're caught why should it be bartered in court to "attempted burglary"? That's why I feel there are repeat offenders because for some rational reason " the legal system didn't get their attention ".
8/26/2014 10:11 AM
All she is going to do is create a backlog in the Courts. There are certainly some cases that should never be plea bargained, but there are others that have extenuating circumstances. Just another instance of the in-fighting and back biting going on in the County.
8/26/2014 9:50 AM
Depends on if it is 1st charge and the level of alcohol.
8/26/2014 9:46 AM
Wow...so far, it's one time I feel in agreement the DA. However, alcohol and cigarette smoking is legal. The ongoing negative impact on society from these flies in the face of marijuana being illegal. Legalize marijuana!
8/26/2014 9:25 AM
We need to start thinking about the repeat offenders. I say no mercy to these drunk drivers.
8/26/2014 9:21 AM
I think getting repeat offenders off the road should come first. Put pictures of unlicensed repeat offenders and their vehicles in the paper so society can alert police. Many repeat offenders will never stop drunk driving until they are incarcerated.
8/26/2014 9:10 AM
She is an embarrassment to our county. Something should definitely be done, but not her way....
8/26/2014 9:06 AM
each case should be decided on it's facts. Nothing is black and white.
8/26/2014 8:36 AM
I also think there should be no reduction of any moving violation, not just intoxicated driving
8/26/2014 8:32 AM
All she is doing is creating more expenditures for St Lawrence County and it all trickles down to the taxpayer. Get her out of there!
8/26/2014 8:14 AM
One size does not fit all!
8/26/2014 8:09 AM
I support the policy but I highly doubt it will discourage the offenders. Everyone knows the law and yet they still do it. If you watch anyone walking out of a bar and getting behind the wheel of their vehicle 90% of the time they shouldn't be driving. Who do you think they are kidding. They know they are putting peoples lives in jeopardy but what do they care? Selfish drunks!
8/26/2014 7:41 AM
It will backlog the court system even more.
8/26/2014 7:14 AM
I know I did not vote for Mary Rain what a joke.
8/26/2014 7:06 AM
Cell phone use while driving cause more accidents than DWI's.
8/26/2014 6:46 AM
Serial offenders should be kept off the roads, 1st time offenders and offenders with low ABC levels should be given reductions.
8/26/2014 6:23 AM
Mary Rain just out trying to make a name for herself time for her to go
8/26/2014 4:27 AM
People are going drive drunk no matter what. We need to get rid of this crazy lady.
8/25/2014 11:44 PM
All DWI's should be decided by trials if this policy is used. There is no incentive for defendants to pled guilty or seek help.
8/25/2014 11:10 PM
First time fine them, second time take their license away for life.
8/25/2014 10:45 PM
I support her change in the policy. Now do the same for driving while on drugs!
8/25/2014 10:44 PM
Why didn’t she introduce her policy when she was work for public defender office!
8/25/2014 9:08 PM
I would rather see tax dollars spent by the DAs office doing this kind of stuff rather than that ridiculous arguing between offices that was taking place last month! Get it together St Law County!
8/25/2014 8:51 PM
No one will take the breath test and will plea not guilty
8/25/2014 8:34 PM
First offense: very stiff fine, time behind bars, community service, and your picture is posted in the police blotter. A surcharge should also be levied to go towards Stop DWI advertising.
8/25/2014 8:03 PM
It's a money-maker. Rain probably thinks this will get her some votes. Since anyone with a brain will never vote for her again!!!
8/25/2014 7:29 PM
She is just trying to make a name for herself, throw her butt out!
8/25/2014 7:22 PM
There is very little that can be done to reduce drunk drivers. Having a rigid policy is never the answer.
8/25/2014 7:16 PM
I am not a fan of Mary Rain, but this is long overdue.
8/25/2014 6:49 PM
What if you're wrongly accused? Justice is not about a conviction for each accused offense. Another chapter added to her DA circus.
8/25/2014 6:21 PM
It is about time they did something about this as you see the same names in the news time after time, those who drink day after day, most likely won't care and will keep right on driving until they land in jail.
8/25/2014 6:06 PM
So you can plea bargan for murder or molesting a child but not for your first time DWI. Whats wrong with that?
8/25/2014 5:46 PM
Come on, murderers get plea deals, but an extra beer gets the book thrown at you!?
8/25/2014 5:43 PM
Good idea. Good job.
8/25/2014 5:28 PM
The law needs to be so strict, they won't think twice of getting behind the wheel. If they do, then send them off to prison.
8/25/2014 5:25 PM
She is crazy. We already can’t fit everyone in our new jail
8/25/2014 5:16 PM
As a deterrent, this policy is less than useless. Nobody "chooses" to drive drunk. All she's doing is finding another excuse to expand her office.
8/25/2014 5:07 PM
Stop the repeat offenders. By not reducing charges for first timers isn't going to change the repeaters. Do something about them, stop letting them walk.
8/25/2014 5:01 PM
Abusers may not be fully aware of the penalty. There may be cases where one chance to change is the right thing. Perhaps not for everyone though.
8/25/2014 4:55 PM
Yes, I've always thought it should be that way. This in no way absolves her of any of her previous child-like actions nor her narcissistic ways though. I support the action but not her; she is still a loony; she's still doing too many plea deals and other infamous things.
8/25/2014 4:50 PM
too many repeat drunks out there!
8/25/2014 4:44 PM
I support the policy, but I don't really think it will make a difference. If someone is going to DWI, they are not thinking they are going to get caught.
8/25/2014 4:23 PM
This policy will have no effect on the people who have an alcohol or drug problem. It will leave any number of first time offenders with a criminal record. I have never heard a drunk getting ready to drive state that they are "ok" because first offenses are reduced.
8/25/2014 4:19 PM
If her name isn't in the news she will manufacture a way to get her name in print. I'm sorry to say I voted for this person she will never get re-elected the people who have elected her are seeing what an idiot they voted in as a D.A. I hope the republicans and democrats find a qualified person with a pulse that will run against her on her next election. My advice to Mary Rain is shut up do your job and stop trying to be a media glutton.
8/25/2014 3:57 PM
Stop reducing drunk, drug, and violent crimes. Take away licenses, impound vehicles, and throw the offenders in jail. I vomit when I read about people getting their 6th and 7th DWIs but who never do any time.
8/25/2014 3:54 PM
She is a wackjob
8/25/2014 3:49 PM
One DWI Conviction gives a person a Criminal Record forever. UNFAIR to first time offenders,
8/25/2014 3:24 PM
Give them life without chance of parole.
8/25/2014 3:17 PM
First offense should be permanent loss of right to drive, if they drive again, 10 years prison, no parole.
8/25/2014 3:10 PM
Wait until it happens to her, and it will if the LEO does their job and not let her go because of her position.
8/25/2014 2:55 PM
I highly doubt this will be followed through with... usually its just a slap on the wrist like all the cases that go through court. Drunk drivers are still going to drive drunk as there addiction over powers there thoughts of caring about driving drunk. That’s why most who get DWI's are repeat offenders.
8/25/2014 2:54 PM
Absolutely not! They will continue to drive...
8/25/2014 2:50 PM
I don't think it's ever good to limit yourself if you don't have to. I suppose it might be good to set an expectation, but still it seems silly to restrict your options. On the other hand, I don't think that when most people are caught driving drunk, it is the first time & I would like to see them taken off the road at least until they wise up.
8/25/2014 2:40 PM
Make it a $1000.00 fine and a year in jail for the first offense.
8/25/2014 2:02 PM
If they don't reduce then they will have to go to court, and then they will get thrown out because of not getting a speedy trial. So who wins. And if a person is going to drive drunk, no amount of warning, law change etc. will discourage them.
8/25/2014 1:32 PM
New York laws are strict enough without having individual DA's adding to them. Besides, how does she plan on prosecuting all these new cases when she can't keep up with the current caseload? It's going be a long four years.
8/25/2014 1:00 PM
More people go to jail, and I have more job security.
8/25/2014 12:47 PM
If you’re stupid enough to drive while intoxicated, I believe you should loose your license forever on your first offense and 1 year in jail. That would cut down on these morons doing this.
8/25/2014 12:22 PM
She is a public servant and should have some compassion to those who have made a mistake. Second offences are different. The criminal justice system is overburdened with expense and this would only increase that expense.
8/25/2014 12:22 PM
She needs to back off and stop thinking shes Rambo.
8/25/2014 12:18 PM
People should not be out on the roads drinking and driving. Get a DD or STAY HOME!
8/25/2014 11:56 AM
Drunk drivers are idiots and will continue to do so no matter what the law is.
8/25/2014 11:55 AM
Once driving while impaired is once too many. Too often, drunk drivers destroy other lives while they're so relaxed they get off scot-free re:injuries.
8/25/2014 11:47 AM
Mary Rain sucks!
8/25/2014 11:45 AM
What needs to change is the ability to receive a DWI and then go home and do it again the next day or the same day. Why aren't they put in jail to cool their jets and give them a taste of what's to come should they keep this up? All DWI offenders should be blood tested and sent to jail overnight or even for two nights. I think this would prove to much more of a deterrent than anything else proposed thus far. Jail is not a nice place. Most folks know this.
8/25/2014 11:23 AM
All cases should be looked at individually - "one size fits all" rules never work. Someone with a first offense should not be treated the same way someone with 8 repeated offenses.
8/25/2014 11:17 AM
Drunk Driving is an ILLEGAL Choice. Throw the book at them.
8/25/2014 10:56 AM
Another example of her arrogance!
8/25/2014 10:55 AM
Active DA about time we got one!!! Good luck with The SAID SACKS Called A Legislature and THEIR SO CALLED MANAGEMENT!!!
8/25/2014 10:31 AM
I don't think it will discourage drunk driving, but it's about time people are actually punished for their crimes.
8/25/2014 10:30 AM
I am sick and tried of drunks getting a free pass via the pleas bargaining that went on under the previous DA, who cared more about her “conviction” record. Public safety is compromised every time a dunk or drugged driver is on the road. It is always the innocent who pay the price.
8/25/2014 10:20 AM
it's tough to argue about drinking and driving. All i9t takes is two beers with your tacos and your done. I do believe that there is a difference between drinking and drunk driving. I also think that Miss Rain should remember that what’s good for the goose...as wine can flow freely.
8/25/2014 10:18 AM
Must be low numbers in jail... looking to fill the ranks
8/25/2014 10:17 AM
Why would you reduce charges anyways? Just enforce the law you are elected to do so.
8/25/2014 10:08 AM
Hopefully "someone" will learn from this but it's very doubtful.
8/25/2014 9:32 AM
There are some right now with postponements that deserve to receive their punishment before another person is killed.
8/25/2014 9:32 AM
Bout time St. Law. County has a DA that has the public in mind.
8/25/2014 9:19 AM
Everyone is being punished for those few that constantly abuse the law. Why should first time offenders be treated like repeat offenders? That is not justice. I personally think it is grandiose stand by Ms. Rain.
8/25/2014 9:10 AM
Yes, I absolutely agree with this policy. Hit these drunk drivers where it hurts, in their wallets. Maybe they will think twice before doing it again.
8/25/2014 9:08 AM
It's about time someone did something! Allowing someone with a DWI to get behind the wheel to potentially kill someone is just plain stupid!
8/25/2014 8:57 AM
Much better idea than a grand jury panel about a bunch of nonsense.
8/25/2014 8:53 AM
This lady has gone totally bonkers. The county and its people need to do whatever it takes to replace her as soon as it can.
8/25/2014 8:39 AM
Because the wealthy will still get off, only the poor seem to pay for all of societies ills
8/25/2014 8:32 AM
It's about time someone took steps to stop this local sport of drinking and driving.
8/25/2014 8:31 AM
1st time offenders are not the problem.
8/25/2014 8:22 AM
I don't drink and drive and no one else should either!
8/25/2014 8:19 AM
Voted for her ,But sick of seeing her grandstanding
8/25/2014 8:10 AM
I believe she's trying to make a name for herself. Likes the limelight.
8/25/2014 8:03 AM
DWI legislation in this State is all about money grabbing. The Legislature and Governor really do not care about taking drunks off the road.....it is all about the fines, surcharges, the assessments, drunk driving courses / fees, and so on. All of this money goes to the various coffers of Big Government. If they were really serious about ending DWI, they would immediately put people in jail till their case is thru, their vehicle would be forfeited to the State, the arrest / case would move thru the system in one month or less.....immediate justice. What we have now is a joke.
8/25/2014 7:34 AM
The D-D (Designated Driver) plan is effective and still needs continuous training and there will still be the fools out there anyway. There are often circumstances that could allow a plea to reduced charges. I would agree to this harsher policy on the 2nd offense. Of course there is always the chance of injury or death in ANY use of alcohol or drugs. And the issue of tying up the Courts with trials. It appears we are going to find out anyway.
8/25/2014 7:13 AM
More grandstanding from an incompetent, petty politician. Naming the policy after someone she knew is just self-serving. I'm suprised she just didn't cal it the "war on DWI".
8/25/2014 6:57 AM
Mary's "Rain" of terror continues. Can I have my vote back?
8/25/2014 6:50 AM
The powers to be don’t have to worry there cohorts take care of there own just proves my point we have brought up a whole new generation of idiots
8/25/2014 6:49 AM