It's time to revisit Alabama's look back period and how it impacts those arrested and charged with DUIs in our state. In Alabama those convicted of DUI's are charged with misdemeanors on their first, second and third offense. Penalties escalate with each offense to include fines, license suspension and jail time. A fourth DUI conviction, and yes there are people that haven't learned their lesson or more likely just doesn't care, will result in a Class C felony including fines up to $10,000, license suspension for 5 years and up to 10 years in prison. However, the current look back period is only five years. Alabama Senator Arthur Orr would like that changed to at least 10 years and I support that. The goal here is to be tougher on those that have decided not be responsible. This will either serve as a wake-up call or it will put more people behind bars and off the road. Either option means less drunk drivers on Alabama roads, which is something we can all agree is a very good thing.
I'm Dave Thomason, that's my take, what's yours?
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