Posted by Sara, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Jan 5, 2012 at 9:47 am
Perhaos it's time for the Danville Express to start putting the names of those people arrested for DUIs in thier newspaper. I am much more worried about someone who drives drunk around my city than I am of someone who steals from COSTCO.
Posted by Disgusted Homeowner, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Jan 6, 2012 at 3:30 pm
I could not agree more with the above comment. In early December I came home to the Danville Police and a mess at my home thanks to a young DUI driver. My masonry wall, pillar , mailbox, and wrought iron fencing was smashed into causing major damage thanks to substance abuse and DUI issues that were not a first time offense with this young driver. This young adult is fortunate that they were not killed, nor my dogs killed, nor was a fire started which could have engulfed my neighbors adjacent properties. I have thanked the SRV Fire Dept and Police for their help. So many times I have thought to send a letter to this individual who is likely wrapped up in prosecution with the DA, but stopped short knowing that in our overly litigious society that I (the victim) could have the tables turned on me? In my day had I caused such major damage to someone's home, my parents would have had me over cleaning up the mess or perhaps they would have been there themselves issuing an apology. Not the same world we live in anymore.
This individual has NO idea how this DUI event impacted the Holiday for our family--dealing with insurance claims, dealing with finding contractors, late nights faxing reports after long days at work, being without mail, and finally having to shelve plans during Christmas and New Years to make repairs--still not complete--for the major damage sustained by this event. Hopefully, this person will seek (or the courts will make you) seek immediate substance abuse treatment and your life will be salvageable and manageable to send you into remission so you will not kill yourself or someone else next time.
I firmly believe that California is far too lenient with DUI drivers.
I had only major property damage, not the loss of a loved one by a DUI driver, which would be inconceivable. But as the "victim" with never a kind, empathetic word from the driver or the family, I was left to clean up the mess. Which...I am doing. Guess I expect too much like the old days, like I was raised. What a world we live in these days.