The Anchorage Daily News reports on the local man who was arrested following a hit-skip accident that sent three local residents to the hospital. That's right, friends, the "at fault" drive has 9 prior DUI convictions. Here's the ADN account:
"A man who has been convicted of driving under the influence nine times faces new felony charges after a collision Monday that sent three people to hospitals, Anchorage police said today.
Donald Benedix, 46, was charged with felony DUI, driving with his license revoked, and second degree assault and his bail was set at $25,000, said police spokesman Dave Parker. The accident took place about 7 p.m. on Duben Avenue at its intersection with Muldoon Road in East Anchorage.
Three vehicles were stopped at a red light on Duben facing west. Benedix, in a blue Ford Expedition, came up behind them and ran into the back vehicle, causing a chain reaction of collisions, with each vehicle ramming into the one in front of it, according to police.
Because the impact was severe, three people in the vehicles that were struck were taken to hospitals, police said. Benedix and a passenger in his vehicle were unhurt. Police said both Benedix and his passenger tried to flee the scene."
What's it going to take to take this menace off the roads?
Alcohol is cunning, baffling and powerful. Mr. Bendix is an alcoholic, or as we say a "real alcoholic." The disease tells this guy that he doesn't have the disease, and that he's OK to drink and drive, and he'll continue to do it until the day he dies. No excuse.
But for the sake of all other living and breathing citizens of Alaska and elsewhere, the authorities need to lock this guy up. Absolutely no human power can cure Mr. Bendix of his alcoholism, but he should not be permitted to continue to present a peril to others. There is a definition of "insantity" that Mr. Bendix satisfies with his various DUI(s) and I'm sure endless drunk driving--doing the same thing expecting a different result.
I should know. While I don't have the DUI's are my tax woes anything other than a manifestation of the same disease with different details? Probably not.
There is a solution. You must recover and there is a demonstrable way to recover.