Schools should punish student drunk drivers

Alanis Ramirez, Guest Column

People who drink and drive should receive consequences at the school they attend. Over the past few years, we’ve seen many drunk drivers get off with just a slap on the wrist as a consequence. People often make excuses for young people who drink with statements like “they don’t know any better” or “let them enjoy their youth.”

It should be a suspendable offense, and in order to return to school the person needs to show their sobriety as well as proof that they’ve completed classes for correction.

Since the consequence of drunk driving isn’t that big to most people, they simply don’t care. Although some drunk drivers don’t kill people while driving, many do, and we shouldn’t let it get to that point.

Cancel culture has become such a huge thing nowadays and you can get fired for saying or doing something that is inappropriate in any given situation. Why is it that cancel culture does not cancel those endangering the lives of others? Drunk drivers take so many lives each year, and most drunk drivers have a history of driving under the influence. People only continue with their nonsense because nothing is at jeopardy for them.

I think it’s important to find the root of the problem and fix it before it spreads. By targeting the people who are most likely to drink (college aged/younger people), we’re preventing many casualties. It’s simply unfair that many only get a fine or a court mandated class. It often doesn’t work and people go back to repeating their ways. Putting something at stake like school will motivate students to think about their actions before doing something they know is wrong. If students jeopardize their schooling by drinking and driving, then they are most likely not going to get a good job in the future. This may save lives because it outweighs the cost of drinking.