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Dear Editor:

Thank you for reporting on Pennsylvania’s new “tougher” DUI laws (The Sentinel, Dec. 27), but what is the legislature thinking?

We have almost 400,000 Pa. residents who are repeat offenders or have suspended licenses for DUI. The AP also reported 10,000 crashes and 300 alcohol fatalities a year in Pa. Does the new law mean these figures are acceptable? The overwhelming majority of Pa. residents never take such risk. Do we think repeat offenses are acceptable? How did we vote for these legislators who feel that laws should be written and enforced so people who would repeat are allowed on our streets.

Don’t hide behind the idea that we don’t know who they might be, because we do. 100 percent of all repeat offenders had a previous offense from which they failed to learn or the legislature decided to allow them to put the rest of us at risk. I thank Mr. Demko for his work and am sorry for his terrible loss. I’m sure he could use more help in his pursuit of more responsible legislation and enforcement.

Write your legislatures. Tell them you don’t think 300 deaths are acceptable because we let people with this problem continue to risk themselves and others.

Ray Porter

Carlisle

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