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About the time a man called the cops on himself for DUI

Many Rhode Island residents may not have heard this incredible story, but a 55-year-old man in Canada was recently driving home one morning after he had been drinking the night before. The man knew he was drunk, and so he pulled over on a freeway and called the police -- on himself. The police showed up and gave the man a breath test which showed that he was indeed over the legal limit.

It is unclear what sorts of criminal charges the man will face, as the source article is an interview with the 55-year-old inquiring as to why he did what he did -- and the struggles he has been experiencing recently. But the humanity of the story, of trying to do right in the face of wrong, is very compelling.

What we do know is that this 55-year-old admits to being very depressed recently, and that he has struggled with alcohol and alcoholism for about a decade. When it comes to drunk driving and the punishment associated with the offense, this is something that deserves more attention. Many DUI offenders are depressed and struggling with their need for alcohol.

Throwing fines, court dates, potential jail time, the loss of their license or vehicle, and many other potential consequences only exacerbate the personal problems of an individual accused of driving under the influence. It does nothing to fix the root problem. Now, they shouldn't be let go without punishment of course -- but there must be a more effective, logical and nuanced solution to the DUI problem than stronger punishment.

Source: The Star, "Why this drunk driver pulled over and called the cops -- on himself," Amy Dempsey, March 20, 2015

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