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GERMAN LAW REINS IN TIPSY DRIVING

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Susanne Goode's "My View" (May 10) on the hit-and-run incident by a drunk was affecting. True, two years' incarceration is a token price to pay, after which the man will probably be free to bring about more carnage on the highways.

How many of us have friends and relatives whose lives have been tragically terminated or altered by an inebriate, already on a series of suspensions, while the charade of our liberal courts and loose laws against DUI plays on?While visiting in Freiburg, Germany, I was invited to a former university colleague's home for dinner. He picked me up and drove me 10 minutes' distance to his home. During the evening, my German friend consumed two beers. He declined to take me back to my residence, deferring instead to his wife - who hadn't touched a drop - knowing that whoever drove would be sure to be "alkoholfrei."

No risk-taking here against uncompromising German law and penalty for drunks on the highways. Imagine this in a country that has a love affair with beer. Other societies have control over the drunk who insists on driving at the tragic peril of others. We seem to continue on in pretense.

David Dalton

Provo