When Should Drunk Drivers lose their licenses?

Essay by vikabHigh School, 12th gradeA+, May 2006

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The punishment for alcohol related offenses during 1970's and the early 1980's was limited to no more than a fine or a night in jail. With so many victims of such a preventable offense, many Canadians were left wondering whether a drunk driver should have the right to still get behind the wheel. The answer can be found by analyzing Canada's judicial system in its entirety, as well as the negative effects to the offender and society, that would result in the immediate loss of a driver's license after a drunken driving conviction. The federal government needs to punish offenders of drunk driving, but it is to the ultimate benefit of society to impose a "one strike" system whereby any second time offender would immediately lose their drivers license.

Since the early 1980s the federal government has severely toughened the penalties for impaired driving. A first conviction for impaired driving carries a minimum fine of $600 and a potential driving ban of up to three years.

Second-time offenders face a minimum of 14 days in prison and a possible driving ban of five years. Triple offenders face 90-day prison sentences and a minimum three-year driving ban. Following offences would result in licenses being revoked for life. In this scenario which exists today, it would be quite possible that an offender could be liable for death and destruction on several occasions before the law would be able to prevent this needless crime in the future. It is obvious that the unnecessary pain and suffering that occurs as a result of drunk driving, for the family, the offender, and society must be dealt with severely, with the best possible outcome for all parties.

The nature of the judicial system in Canada is not to merely punish offenders, but to rehabilitate them so...