In an earlier post ("The Insanity of DUI Laws"), I quoted Albert Einstein's famous definition of insanity: "Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
Federal Officials Push States to Toughen Drunk Driving Penalties
Washington, Aug. 21 – Federal traffic safety officials kicked off their annual push against drunk drivers on Monday, calling on states to toughen penalities and warning offenders that one offense could cost them $10,000 on average in fines, court costs and lost wages.
The event, which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will bolster with $11 million in national advertising, comes as deaths from drunk drivers held steady in 2006, as they have for the past decade.
The agency and groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving have been pushing states for tougher laws, including requiring all convicted drunk drivers to have alcohol testing devices installed in their vehicles that prevent them from starting if an operator is drunk.