Re the Sept. 17 article DUI arrests way down in Miami Beach: The police union spokesman is correct that the sanctions to drunk drivers don’t merit an officer’s efforts and time. A person charged with drunk driving usually is released from jail on his own promise to appear in court, enter a county release program or pay a small surety bond of $1,000.
Studies show that in order to have a deterrent affect on drunk drivers, the bond amount must be at least $10,000.
In addition, there is no jail time given for first or second offenses. This, coupled with the state attorney’s program of reduction of charges, means that driving drunk in Miami does not pose much of a hazard for the driver.
Salvador Rivas, Miami