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house Bill H.R. 5218

Should the Feds Withhold Grants From States That Don’t Report DUIs to Federal Databases?

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Drunk driving is a serious offense, and states should share drunk or impaired driving arrests nationally in order to ensure that individuals cannot accrue multiple first-time violations, which carry relatively lighter punishments, when they should be accruing second or greater violations with harsher punishments.

burrkitty's Opinion
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12/31/2018
Drunk drivers endanger everyone around them due to their stupid selfish choices. They are murderers in training. I am all for cracking down on it. DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!
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Dawn's Opinion
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12/31/2018
Drunk driving is a serious offense, and states should share drunk or impaired driving arrests nationally in order to ensure that individuals cannot accrue multiple first-time violations, which carry relatively lighter punishments, when they should be accruing second or greater violations with harsher punishments.
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12/31/2018
Any legislation that makes our roads safer should be supported. Drunk driving, and the violence and damage it causes, is a real, verifiable problem in America that needs addressing. Interstate travel makes this an issue that needs to be handled on the federal level.
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Argument opposed

The Interstate Driver License Compact and the National Driver Register already prevent people from obtaining driver’s licenses in any state if they have been convicted of multiple DUIs in the past and their license is suspended, cancelled, or revoked.

DEGUp's Opinion
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12/31/2018
This is not a Federal concern. Focus on things that are uniquely Federal!
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Leon's Opinion
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12/31/2018
The federal government doesn’t need to be involved. State responsibility.
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BlueInRedState's Opinion
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12/31/2018
Why are we wasting time on this? More important issues at hand.
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    Drunk drivers endanger everyone around them due to their stupid selfish choices. They are murderers in training. I am all for cracking down on it. DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!
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    This is not a Federal concern. Focus on things that are uniquely Federal!
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    Drunk driving is a serious offense, and states should share drunk or impaired driving arrests nationally in order to ensure that individuals cannot accrue multiple first-time violations, which carry relatively lighter punishments, when they should be accruing second or greater violations with harsher punishments.
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    Any legislation that makes our roads safer should be supported. Drunk driving, and the violence and damage it causes, is a real, verifiable problem in America that needs addressing. Interstate travel makes this an issue that needs to be handled on the federal level.
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    The federal government doesn’t need to be involved. State responsibility.
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    Driving is a privilege, not a right. Unfortunately every state has a different amount of DUI convictions that can suspend or revoke a license, and this would be a giant step forward on helping to monitor persistent drunk and drugged drivers. As it stands now: in Colorado, the 4th DUI is an automatic felony where your drivers license can be revoked, but in New Mexico, the 11th DUI can still be charged as a misdemeanor with only a 90 day suspension. Therefore someone who had 11 DUIs in New Mexico can still get a license when they move to Colorado because New Mexico did not permanently revoke their license. This bill makes sense!!
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    For those of you calling this a Democrat bill, please note 6 of the 13 co-sponsors are Republicans. I agree in principal, though I think judges need to hand down significantly stiffer sentences and deferred adjudication should be off the table after the first conviction. I actually think there should be a database like Interpol’s where any conviction of any kind anywhere should be available to law enforcement across the country. Then, there would be only one reporting requirement so reducing man-hours devoted to reporting. I think, too, if the state is reporting to any nationwide database available to law enforcement anywhere there should be no consequence, unless DOJ has another, unannounced and unrelated use for that data. In that case, I’d like to know what the use is. Maybe DOJ should figure out why reporting isn’t happening and help solve that?
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    The DUI Reporting Act of 2018 I’m in agreement with this bill — known as the DUI Reporting Act of 2018 — would require the Dept. of Transportation (DOT) to withhold national priority safety program grant funds from a state that doesn’t appear on the most recent list provided to DOT by the Department of Justice (DOJ) identifying states that are appropriately reporting arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI/DWI arrests) to the relevant federal repository. Drunk driving is a serious offense, and states should share drunk or impaired driving arrests nationally in order to ensure that individuals cannot accrue multiple first-time violations, which carry relatively lighter punishments, when they should be accruing second or greater violations with harsher punishments. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 12*31*18.........
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    Get the fed out of states business.
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    This bill to improve DUI reporting seems sensible. I support it.
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    In yesteryear, the sheriff would run the criminal out of town. The ruffian would pack his saddle bag or suitcase and move on to the next town. A town where the lawman would no idea of our criminal activity or history. Today, we must have a common database where criminals, including convicted DUI's. Too bad we couldn't use the same system for illegal aliens DUI's who escape convictions in Sanctuary cited of States.
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    Why are we wasting time on this? More important issues at hand.
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    Unless those grants are specifically geared toward the reduction of DUI/DWIs then why keep grant monies from them. Grants help in other areas where extra funds are needed. If it’s a state issue why should there be a database federally?
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    The feds should give back the tax revenue they collected from each states taxpayers in proportion to how much was paid. This business of Washington control freaks has to end.
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    It’s unfortunate that this is what it takes for local police to report their DUI efforts
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    Same should be said for a national gun registration database.
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    All DUI’s nationwide need to be available in a national database. There’s no reason why this should be a state issue since people can freely move and drive across state lines.
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    While drunk driving is a terrible choice, I don’t trust our police state not to abuse this information. I’m a voter in Ohio’s 12th congressional district and I oppose this bill.
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    Protects other people and saves lives? Yes.
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    These records are public information collected by state and local agencies anyway. Data sharing is low cost and more efficient than handling multiple FOIA requests.
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