The right to drive

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I believe Tina’s Law warns those getting behind the wheel that you have to earn the right to drive.

Will it create hardship for those who lose their licenses? It will and should; maybe next time they will take their driving responsibility less lightly. What about people killed or injured in accidents by people driving too fast or inattentively? Is it better they and their families face hardship and inconvenience so bad drivers can stay on the road?

I am not saying I drive better than anyone else. But let’s be realistic – if one has 10 moving violations within 5 years, there’s a problem. When one has as many convictions as years of life, there’s an issue. If one doesn’t learn their lesson the first few times, when will they?

I understand suspended driver Joe P. Dehetre’s mother standing up for her son (July 8). As a mother I would do the same, but at some point would say enough is enough.

I agree with Sen. Bill Diamond, who said, “If they have gotten 10 offenses, that means that they are pretty much ignoring the law.” I do not want to drive near a person without regard for other people on the road, let alone the law.

Tina’s Law is a great deterrent for those who think they don’t need to follow the rules. It should stay the way it’s written, so we do not need a Peter’s law, a Brandy’s law, a Chris’ law or even a Joe’s law.

Marianne Kimball, Oxford

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