Finally, if the offender has the disease of alcoholism there are programs to help them recover. To begin, there are many people under the age of twenty one getting alcohol-related offences and they have no idea how much their bodies can handle or the effect it has on them. For example, a high school kid is leaving a party and it’s the first time they have ever consumed an alcoholic beverage. They have two beers which would more than likely take them over the Florida limit of . 08 and get pulled over. The student would not feel intoxicated but would get a D. U. I.
When a person is under the age of twenty one I believe it would be an unfair consequence to never be able to drive again. If they had an alcohol-related offence without the knowledge of how alcohol affects their minds and bodies. People under the age of twenty one also have not matured or have a lot of experience with this substance, and as they get older they are able to recognize their limitations. Second, first time offenders usually are not aware of the consequences their actions hold. For example, people tend to learn lessons after making an initial mistake. I know for me I learn my limitations by action.
I usually do not realize the consequences to my actions until I have made the mistake and suffered from them. For example, I am one of those people who have gotten a D. U. I. The circumstances to my offence were I was just getting off work and stayed to have a couple beers to wind down. At my place of employment I had three beers and drove home. On my way home I got pulled over by a police officer. I passed all the field sobriety tests but when I blew in the machine I was just barely over the limit. I had to endure lots of fines, D. U. I. court and numerous classes as my consequences. When I was eaving work I did not feel impaired, however, I was. That was the first and last time I will ever drink and drive again. I had learned a lesson that I will never make again. People make mistakes and then usually learn from them, if the state was to permanently take away my license I would consider that extremely unfair. Finally, there are many people who suffer from the disease of addiction such as alcoholism. However, today we are more fortunate because there is a program called Alcoholics Anonymous; which has proven itself to be successful and allowing alcoholics to recover from this terrible disease.
This is a twelve step program to help a person deal with their disease. I am also one of those people who has had their disease of addiction arrested through these twelve steps. They have changed my life completely. I never thought I could lose the compulsion to use in my life, but I have. However, there are some people who believe the addiction to alcohol does not have any results of recovery in the twelve steps program Alcoholics Anonymous. According to Richard S. Sandor’s article Alcoholics Anonymous is Effective in Treating Alcoholism,” in the Alcoholism Opposing Viewpoint, Recovery from addiction means more than quitting.
It means, as AA’s say, ‘staying quit’. ” If a person is able to never drink another alcoholic beverage in their life again, how would revoking their driver’s license for life help protect anyone if they are never going to drink again? From my experience in recovery I have found that over sixty percent of alcohol-related offences are committed by people with the disease of addiction. With these amazing options to have the disease arrested those sixty percent of offenders are to never commit those crimes again.
In conclusion, I believe that the laws of alcohol-related offences should not change from the way they are today to having their licenses permanently revoked. We live in America and this is the country where we have the freedom to make mistake and learn from them with second chances. The strict consequences that are in place for these offences such as, D. U. I. school, community service, substance abuse education, and counseling should definitely stay in place so the offender can learn a lesson.