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Some Alaska drunk drivers accept they should pay for poor choices

Alaska drunk drivers who fatally injure others due to their negligence and bad choices sometimes realize -- and even come to fully accept -- that they are to blame for their actions. In fact, some drunk drivers recognize that they must pay for their crimes. While this does not bring back the people they have killed, their acknowledgements may go a long way toward preventing others from making the same mistakes. 

One man, a former member of the U.S. Air Force who is in prison in Alaska for killing someone while driving drunk, has spoken up about his own feelings of remorse for his decision. He has spent just under two years of a 12-year sentence in jail and claims he cannot speak his victim's name aloud. During an exclusive interview with a military publication, he was quick to admit that he understood why he deserved to be behind bars. 

Ironically, the person he killed was a young woman who was a designated driver on the night of the accident. Other passengers in the car she was driving were also injured, but did not suffer life-threatening injuries. The victim's relatives were immediately thrown into a world of grief and sadness as they had to deal with the loss of their loved one.

While it is good to know that some drunk drivers have remorse for what they have done, it does not negate the fact that their victims' family members still have the right to file lawsuits against them. This type of lawsuit could help pay for expenses related to the burial of a loved one, loss of future wages and emotional suffering associated with a drunk driving fatality. The law is not about making drunk drivers feel worse about their mistakes; it is about holding them accountable financially for the mistakes they made.

Source: airforcetimes.com, "DUI airman: 'I've got a title of murderer now'", Kristin Davis, Mar. 2, 2015

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