Drunk driving is dangerous. No one disputes that. That is why legislatures have imposed ever more severe penalties. Because, in addition to making laws, the legislature makes statements, often about behavior or conduct that society approves or disapproves. Society approves of home ownership, so mortgages receive an interest tax deduction and society disapproves of narcotics, so possession of heroin carries long prison terms.
The lawmakers who want to make Tennessee drunk driving laws stricter might now all be able to classify themselves as football fans. At least they might say that they are fans of new Tennessee Titan Delanie Walker.
The NTSB recently studied what are some of the nation's most dangerous accidents: wrong-way crashes. Research shows that sort of accident is the most likely to be fatal. Also, wrong-way accidents are often the result of drunk drivers. Specifically, the NTSB reports that almost 70 percent of such accidents are DUI-related.