(Don't get me started)
As many of you know, on March 3rd 2007, Trevor was involved in a horrific accident which involved a drunk driver. Trevor suffered a broken femur, which required a titanium rod to be inserted into his leg. He suffered broken ribs, broken bones in his back, broken bone in his neck, lacerated liver, lacerated kidney, flared lung, bruised heart, and complications resulting from a blood clot that has lodged in his lung. Although Trevor suffered many injuries due to the direct result of a drunk driver, Trevor has made a remarkable recovery from his injuries and has been supported by many prayers of his friends, family and the community. Thank you to all that have come to us in our time of need.
For the record, the individual that was charged in this offense has plea-bargained down his crime and has pled "no contest" to driving under the influence with bodily injury. This plea has the same effect as a guilty plea, with the exception that the individual does not admit his guilt. Although Trevor is progressing, he has a lifetime of pain and discomfort to endure for the rest of his life. This drunk driver was sentenced to one year in the county jail five years probation and his license was suspended. With time off for "good behavior" and then early release due to overcrowding in our county jails, he may only serve as little as three months.
BUT! This isn't a story about a drunk driver who disregards the law and continues to drive drunk even while on probation for the very same offence! No, this is a story about the society that we live in and the court system we empower to handle the problems that law abiding citizens encounter and face daily.
Trevor was invited by the courts to attend the sentencing hearing and express his thoughts. But when it came time to share those thoughts, we discovered that "a deal had already been made" and his input was futile. Our court system allows the defense and prosecuting attorneys to make "behind the scenes deals" with each other in order to further justice. In our case, it equates to a slap on the hand of the drunk driver. The input from the victim - Trevor, in our case - to express any feelings that he may want to share was useless. What was the purpose of his attendance? When is America going to wake up to the troubling actions of a few individuals who ignore the law and continue to drink and drive? This is the second drunk driving offence this individual has been charged with and because he was slapped on the wrist the first time, he served only two days and within a year's time, he disregarded the law again and chose to drink and drive, which resulted in inflicting pain and injury to an innocent party.
Enough is enough!
Our family is supporting local Assemblywoman's - Nicole Parra - plan to get drivers license applicants to sign a form admitting that they understand the dangers of drinking and driving.
support Nicole Parra's bill because our son was hit by a drunk driver.
The accident with our son is this individual's second drunk driving offense in a year. We want these reckless drivers stopped!
Assembly Bill 808 would put the responsibility on the drivers. Nicole Parra says, "This acknowledgment by the driver will help prove malice and intent and hopefully prevent future tragedies."
It also give prosecutors more evidence in court. We want the bill to pass so drunk drivers can serve longer sentences. The drunk driver in our case, served two days and 3 years probation for his first DUI offense.
Assembly Bill 808 would affect new applicants and everyone reapplying for their drivers license.
Q: What would the statement say?
"I am hereby advised that being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or both, impairs the ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Therefore, it is extremely dangerous to human life to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or both. If I drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or both, and as a result, a person is killed, I can be charged with murder."
The bill was heard before the Transportation Committee on April 9th. Results of that hearing will be released as soon as it becomes available.
RESULTS ARE IN!
law goes into effect as of 07-01-2008. A new driver's license bill, created by
Assemblywoman Nicole Parra.
It requires drivers to sign a declaration when they get a driver's license or when they renew their license.
That declaration says the person signing knows that "being under the influence of alcohol or drugs impairs the ability to safely operate a motor vehicle."
It also informs the signers that they can be charged with murder if they are involved in a fatal accident while under the influence.
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