The Billings Police Department does an excellent job of arresting drunk drivers. Kudos to the police. The Gazette reports second . . . 14, 15 arrests. Why can't we keep them off the road?
Because we discriminate. Felony offenders cannot own or possess a firearm. Violating that offense could land them in jail immediately for violating parole and the firearm is confiscated and disposed of. It doesn't matter who (family or friend) owned the firearm or even if it had money owed on the purchase (lien). It never sees the light of day again!
But DUI felons can drive an automobile time after time! Now is the time to treat the automobile as a weapon in the same regard as a firearm. I don't care who owns the auto or who has a lien on it. You are forewarned when a person gets the first DUI conviction (non-felony) that he has a proclivity for repeating that behavior. Convictions are a matter of public record. In Billings we are much more likely (in spite of BPD's best efforts) to be killed by a drunken driver than by a firearm.
Whoever sells, loans or gives an auto to a felony drunken driver who has no license should be held to the same liability as the bartender who serves an intoxicated patron who subsequently causes an accident.
This is an issue we can all get behind. I will vote for the politician who does it!