Yet another DUI offender with multiple convictions has been involved in a crash this week in Akron. Thankfully, no one, including the drunk driver was hurt.
Danny E. Schuster, 28, of Ackley Street in Akron was arrested this morning on a sixth drunken driving charge.
Akron police found him at 3 a.m. passed out in a Honda Civic that had crashed into a guardrail on Ohio 76 at South Arlington Street, Lt. Rick Edwards said. Schuster refused to perform sobriety tests and was taken to the Summit County Jail.
Apparently, individuals like Mr. Schuster are not threatened by the rule of law or concerned with the far greater consequences of driving drunk. Worse yet, this is his 6th arrest. Mr. Schuster’s other drunken driving convictions were in July last year, June 2005, April 2004, October 2002, September 2002 and October 2001.
In turn, for answers to this dilemma of how to stop this dangerous conduct, we must look to the courts to fore-go any leniency for repeat offenders who disregard the rules of the road and ignore sanctions issued by the court to keep them off our streets.
During 2005, 16,885 people in the U.S. died in alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes, representing 39% of all traffic-related deaths (NHTSA 2006).
If repeat offenders will not stop drinking and driving, then they should be treated, not like a drunk driver that simply used bad judgment, but rather like any other felon that has intentionally attempted to harm others and accordingly should be locked up for the duration.