Pubdate: Wed, 31 May 2000
Date: 05/31/2000
Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)
Author: Jean Fleming

It's just and fitting that anyone who commits a crime while driving
should be punished with the revocation or suspension of his or her
driver's license. How do we justify using a driver's license
revocation as part of the punishment for an unrelated crime? If the
idea is that the need for a driver's license is so important people
will not commit crimes for fear of losing their license, then it
follows that this penalty should be part of the sentence for any and
all crimes.

It seems that this is yet another example of passing any law, no
matter how unfair, in an attempt to cure the drug problem. Yet our
drug problem continues. Perhaps in the near future there will be a
medical cure for addiction. Currently we can most effectively reduce
the drug problems through education and treatment.

I hope the California Legislature and Gov. Davis will see that this
law does more harm than good and will let the federal government know
that we cannot be bribed or threatened into enacting bad laws.

Jean Fleming,
Studio City