May 14th, 1988, is a day Larry Mahoney would like to forget. Lucky for he can’t remember it first hand. He can’t remember that night because he was drunk, really drunk. Three sheets to the wind is an under statement too Larry’s state of mind because he was more then double Kentucky’s legal blood alcohol content (Which was.10 percent at the time). Mahoney, who must have been feeling bulletproof, decided to get behind the wheel of his great big pickup truck. Since Larry Mahoney was so plastered, he did not realize the pickup truck he was operating was heading northbound in the southbound interstate lane, not noticing the colossal church bus heading straight towards him. Larry smacked right into the gas tank of the bus, causing the bus to rise into flames. The collision took the life the life of 23 children and 4 adults while many more were injured. Larry Mahoney woke up in the hospital with only a few scratches and a pounding hangover. He was convicted of drunk driving, assault and manslaughter and only received 9 ½ years in prison. He murdered 27 people and only received 9 ½ years in prison. The consequences for drunk driving need to be harder, taken more seriously, and should be punished based on the level of intoxication.
Drinking and driving in America is outrageous compared to foreign countries. Most Europeans wouldn’t even think about driving after a heavy night of drinking, not just because it is incredibly dangerous idea, but the consequences are extremely severe. In most cases it results in loss of license and some time in jail. While in the state of Wisconsin it’s alright to be a repeat offender. In most cases it takes three offenses before someone will even see jail time. When they do see jail time, usually, it’s not that bad because they can pick a time (with in reason) when it’s convenient for them to serve their jail time.