With the focus of DrinkingAndDriving.Org on prevention, it has to be accepted that some people will drink and drive regardless of what anyone around them says. At 52, Ty Watson has been told by friends and family. He’s been told by police officers and judges. He’s been told in treatment which he’s been to seven times.
He keeps getting arrested for drunk driving, getting out, and getting right back on the road. Ty has had a staggering 14 DUIs, his latest highlighted by a circumvented ignition interlock device. Check out the article from Jackson Hole News where it says Ty also kicked the police officer in the knee.
Serial drunk drivers like Ty just can’t be stopped and as long as cars can be driven, they will continue to drive impaired.
As this is Ty’s FIFTH FELONY, he’s going to be kept off the streets for five maybe seven years. The length of this sentence matters because as soon as he gets out, he’ll be back behind the wheel and a threat to public safety once again.
In California, there used to be a Three Strikes law where your 3rd felony would automatically mean life in prison. If impaired driving had such a law, some very dangerous people would be taken off the streets for good. Perhaps 3 isn’t the right number, but for the Ty’s in the world there has to be a way to permanently remove them from the road before they kill themselves or others.