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March 7th, 2012
04:45 PM ET

License Revoked...Permanently

A judge in Rhode Island has permanently revoked a teenage driver's license.  What this means is that the teen will never again be able to drive legally as long as he lives in Rhode Island.

The reasons:  The teen, who wrecked a car with three friends in it, had been charged with several crimes, including driving recklessly and driving with a suspended license - which means he'd broken laws before.

In your opinion, does the punishment fit the crimes?  How would you have punished this driver?

Carl Azuz, Anchor


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soundoff (935 Responses)
  1. Nick

    The punishment is absolutely necessary; the teenager was not only drinking underage, he was drinking underage while driving. People shouldn't be so lenient with teens when it comes to drinking and driving.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • Electria

      Nick,
      I agree and disagree. I think they should not have tooken away for as long as he live in rhode island. And also what do you mean people shouldn't be so lenient with teens when it comes to drinking and driving.

      March 8, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
      • graycin

        yes but he could have killed him, the people in the car with him, and could have killed someone else. so i think that they made a great choice

        March 9, 2012 at 1:27 am |
      • graycin

        but he could have killed someone else and him too

        March 9, 2012 at 1:28 am |
      • Aaron

        I Dissagree, I think it was a little to drastic and the punishment does not fit the crime. The judge acted like something mutch worse happened but it diden't. Besides if he had his liscence was taken away before so he will just get in a car and do it again.he needs a liscence so he won't drive so fast so he won't crash.You get my point?

        March 9, 2012 at 11:34 pm |
      • Paige

        I think that he should get his liscene taken away from him for a while but not for life. He should get it back when he is more mature and makes better decisions. But I also agree that he did a really bad thing and should be punished a lot for it.

        March 10, 2012 at 9:57 am |
      • Tyler

        iI disagree the judge should only suspend the teen's license for a few years not for the rest of his life

        March 12, 2012 at 9:54 am |
      • Jorge

        I agree with you because the teenager was not just drinking underage, he was also driving. I think the teenager should geta punishment but not get his lisence revoked for the rest of his life in Rhode Island.

        March 13, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
      • ARIEL

        I agree with you Electria . First of all , who allowed him to get behind the wheel ? Second of all , why was he drinking or even expose to the alcohol anyways ? Yes he should have got his licence taken away but not permenatly , although he did wrong this is not a compromise to say yes let him slide or get his licence back in a few years but what i am saying is that we learn from our mistakes in life . Live for today , learn from yesterday and hope for tomarrow !

        March 13, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • Jacob

      But, your brain isn't fully developed until you are around 25 years old. Revoking a drivers license for life for something stupid he did as a teen is far too harsh and unnecessary of a punishment. I think a strong punishment (maybe several years without a license) would be in order, but not a lifetime suspension!

      March 8, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
      • Leah

        I completely agree with you! Teens are not always very wise, and I'm sure he will learn from his mistakes! In my opinion, they should bot have revoked his license for life! He should have it suspended until he is an adult, and if he continues to make stupid choices and break laws, THEN take it away... puting people in danger as he did is not okay, but neither is ruining this teens life for him before he has a chance to fix it.

        March 11, 2012 at 1:11 am |
      • Xavier

        Well, they said they had suspended this driver's license before, but obviously this hadn't worked. I agree with you but they were left with no other choices so this driver should have been more careful.

        March 13, 2012 at 12:33 am |
      • Lorrie

        I agree with you, i feel like that punishment is too harsh. His license should be suspended, however using the whole "teen's brains aren't developed until they are 21" argument is just an excuse for his actions. he knew what he was doing when he got in trouble.

        March 13, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • Kaylyn

      not to mention he had is friends in the car with him thats not only putting his life endanger thats putting theirs endanger too

      March 8, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
      • Malik

        He shouldn't have gotten license revoked for life.

        March 9, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • Lillian

      I agree that people should not be lenient on teens and adults especially who drink and drive. It needs to be taken seriously. I think its good that the US is taking more serious steps in handling drinking and driving.

      March 8, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
      • Jonathan

        I think he should have gotten just a D. U. I. not a strict punishment as this.

        March 8, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
    • Kevin

      Though what he did was Irresponsible this kid will no NEVER have a job in state.Though he's A minor then revoke his license
      for 25 years and make him pay fines when he's 18.

      March 8, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
    • Karissa

      I think the punishment was fare. He did something wrong under the age and should be punished for that.He did many things wrong for himself and for other people.Suspension of his license was a great idea because their needs to be consequences.

      March 8, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • Conner

      The judge should have made him to alcohol rehabilitation. America should look for more peaceful solutions or be destroyed from the inside

      March 8, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • McKenzie

      I agree with you because the teen are not allowed to drink but, also is not allowed to drive drunk.

      March 9, 2012 at 4:37 am |
    • John

      I belive that the judge should have tooken his license away. he was drunk will driving and he was underage. but the judge only said in rhode island if my memory serves my correctly. The judge should of said in all states of the U.S.

      March 9, 2012 at 7:28 am |
    • Aniyah

      I agree to disagree I really think that this boy should've went to rehab nd got his license suspended for a little while and get it back ! I know he was wrong for doing this but everyone makes mistakes.

      March 9, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
      • dylan

        i do not agree because it is just going to make alot others teens mad.

        March 9, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
    • Bre

      I agree 100 percent with Nick I think they should do that with all underage drunk drivers!

      March 10, 2012 at 11:06 am |
    • natavia

      i know what he did was wrong but i dont think his drivers license should have been tooken away as long as he lives in rhode island what if an emergency happened and he wuz the only one there

      March 10, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • Lisa

      I think that taking away his license was good him and his future . hopefully this will be a lesson to him for underage drinking and driving under the influence.

      March 11, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
    • Emmy

      I think the judge's ruling was strick but I understand and agree with it. If this was the teen's first time getting busted for breaking a law (specifically one related to the circumstance) then I would say taking the license away forever would be taking it too far. Because it wasn't his first time and he has done this many times it was a good call. Unless someone had done something serious about it then it could have happened again.

      March 11, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
    • Hayden

      I think what the judge did was a very good choice because he was driving in a car with his licensed suspended and since he was driving with a suspended license that should have been his first warning if you don't follow a warning you have chosen to have your license taken from you permanently

      March 11, 2012 at 11:20 pm |
    • Branson

      I think the punishment is fair. He should not have been drinking while driving. I would not like to meet him driving on the road all crazy. If he is off the road, the road is a little safer.

      March 12, 2012 at 8:25 am |
    • Johnathan

      I wouldn't take away his license forever maybe for a year so that he can learn that its not right

      March 12, 2012 at 10:05 am |
    • Jeremiah

      Maybe this will teach minorities across the states

      March 12, 2012 at 10:15 am |
    • alisha

      i get what you mean but then the question is whats going to really stop him from going to another state and getting a license there? or whats going to stop him from driving illegally? people do it all the time so i guess i'm saying that yeah he deserved the punishment but not anything is really done with it. if it wasn't so severe then maybe he'd actually learn something. because 'teens' are usually in their rebellious part of life so he'll most likely lash/rebel back.

      March 13, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • Ella

      Nick, I completely agree. He did something bad, didn't learn, and will probably do it again if he gets off too easily. He could have killed someone, and that would be bad. Everyone has to pay for their crime.

      March 13, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • Stephanie

      i believe this punishment is fair. He put in danger his friends lives and others around. this wasnt his first offence making the punishment more reasonable. Someone who doesnt respect the laws befor should not have the privelege to have a license.

      March 14, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • Sammy

      I completely agree. This guy has REPEATED offenses, and cannot get the idea of safe driving into his head. If he really wants to drive again, he can move to another state

      March 14, 2012 at 11:09 pm |
  2. Josh

    If you ask me, he can learn from his errors, but the judge didn't give him a second try.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • carter

      I agree that the punishment is not appropriate because he did not get a second chance.

      March 8, 2012 at 11:51 am |
    • Colleen

      He was already operating on a suspended license, so wasn't that his second chance?

      March 8, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
      • shelby

        I agree, he was given A second chance and wasnt careful. So now he has to live with the consequenses. Even if he thinks they aren't very fair.

        March 8, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • Khalil

      BUT, he had prior charges and crimes, so you have to take that into account.

      March 8, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
    • Jessie

      Yeah but how many more chances can they give him before he kills himself driving!.. I think this was a good punishment! This will teach other teens to take driving more seriously.

      March 8, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • Alex

      Your right. evryone deserves a second chance, but he could have atleaset took it away for a yer or two as a punishment.

      March 9, 2012 at 10:07 am |
    • Sammy

      He already had a second chance, and a third chance, and he keeps endangering other Americans every day with his reckless driving habits.

      March 14, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
  3. Britni

    I do not think this is fair to the driver at all. I do however believe he should be punished, but not at this severity. I dont think the driver should lose their license for life, maybe until he or she graduates college or maybe they should serve some jail time and pay a large fine.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  4. Riley

    I believe a punishment is the right thing but permanently? He is a teen. Lots of them do stupid stuff. Thats how you grow up! I think it should be minor and go up like a ladder if he does it again

    March 7, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
    • Brittany

      He cant grow up if he's already dead from that one stupid choice not mistake. He's actually pretty lucky he didnt hit another person because then he'd probably be charged for manslaughter...

      March 8, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • Sammy

      It's not permanent; he can move to another state.

      March 14, 2012 at 11:16 pm |
  5. authur

    i dont think it is right teenagers should get to drive if they pass the test

    March 7, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • Tesa

      I think that they deserve a lisence revoke because they got it revoked before. They were also drinking and had passengers in the car causing the person and the passengers injuries as well.

      March 8, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  6. myles

    i think it was wrong to do that there only teenagers they need to learn how to drive properly so they dont get into a crash in the realworld

    March 7, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • Chandelle

      Myles i agree that teens need to learn how to drive properly but he is in the real world. he must know that since he's been in trouble before.

      March 8, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
      • patty

        i think he should get his license revoked for like 3 months

        March 11, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
    • Emily

      But, he did get in a car crash in the real world, twice!

      March 8, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  7. Sania

    I think that it was fair that they revoked the driver's license permanently because he was already on a "probation," and he or she should have been more careful. You also have to consider the fact that he or she broke more than one law to make such a serious decision.

    March 7, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
    • Brayden

      You can say that again. He should be more careful. I hope the teen learned his lesson.

      March 8, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • Kristyn

      I agree with this. Also he is 18 he probably already got his license when he was 16 so he should have already had enough experience to know better.

      March 8, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  8. Taylin

    That is not fair at all. No one died so there should not be a permanent punishment. Kids will be kids.

    March 7, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • khatie

      he broke the law would yu let someone get away with that

      March 8, 2012 at 11:54 am |
    • Emily

      You're right, no one died... but what about next time?

      March 8, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • Sierra

      True no one died, but one of the passengers was in a coma for weeks. He could have died while in the coma.

      March 8, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
    • Abby

      I agree. No one was killed, so why take it fully away? People who kill someone while drunk driving don't always lose their license permanently. He didn't deserve that.

      March 8, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
      • Nneoma

        I don't agree! I think the judge did the right thing to take the license away. We need to take dangerous drivers off the road.

        March 8, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • Sammy

      So kids can't at least try to be adults?

      March 14, 2012 at 11:17 pm |
  9. Sania

    It also might have been a little too harsh, though...

    March 7, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
    • Kassandra

      I dont think it was harsh he almost killed people, I think it is the right thing to do

      March 8, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
    • Kristin

      The punishment was a little harsh, but he could always move to another state and get his license. Hopefully he will have learned his lesson though and not behave this way again.

      March 8, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  10. tasmyn

    personally what i would do to punish them, would be to take away their license!!!! we want teenagers to learn from their mistakes... not just keep repeating the same things over again!!!

    March 7, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
    • Khalil

      That's what happened..

      March 8, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  11. Brogan

    This punishment doesn't really suit the crime. If I was the judge, I would actually not allow him to drive anymore. The way he drives shows how careless he is. If he has broken the law, he actually doesn't care about it and it is time he does. He can easily move to another state, and cause harm by driving there!

    March 7, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
  12. Zigon

    I think that the judge went a little too far. People can change over time. Teenagers act a little reckless, but my dad once drove about 20mph over the speed limit on an empty stretch of road and is now one of the most careful drivers I know! The teen should just spend a year or two in jail, since they did break the law. The teen's life should not be completely ruined based on a few mistakes early in their life.

    March 7, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
    • Samantha

      i agree with zigon

      March 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • Emily

      He has done this multiple times. It's great that other people can change, but I think he blew his second chance.

      March 8, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • Zigon

      I suppose so, Emily. A longer sentence might be good. Maybe 3 years, since he also harmed other people...

      March 10, 2012 at 11:32 am |
  13. pablo

    i think he should get punished but not for a lifetime i think that the judge went a little to far on that

    March 7, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
  14. Tammy

    As a proud Mother of 2 kids I think that this is an outrage. Yes, I do believe in puishment but that's too much. We've all made mistakes, I think this child of God can make a few as well.

    March 8, 2012 at 8:32 am |
    • Sammy

      But have we all made several mistakes that greatly risk the lives of others?
      I think this kid deserved his punishment, and if he really wants to drive again he can move 30 miles to another state

      March 14, 2012 at 11:21 pm |
  15. Emily

    Thoughts from my class:
    I think he should have been sent to jail for a long time. Maybe a year, then get his license taken away. Because his license is only taken away in Rhode Island, he could just move to another state and get a license there.

    I think he should go to jail for 6 months and then get his license taken away for two years. But maybe he could drive during certain hours of the day, and not late at night. He should have to re-earn his license through testing and practicing.

    Teenagers sometimes do stupid things, and maybe he would learn from his mistakes later on. He could get his license back when he turns 21.

    I don't think he should be punished for life. He should pay a fine, go through college, then take driving classes again. The classes would be double the required time, then he would take the test. After that, the judge would review his results and decide if he was ready to drive again.

    I think he should only get his license taken away for 5 years.

    I agree with the judge's ruling – he had already had broken the law and he was underage drinking alcohol. And he was speeding.

    He could get his license taken away until he was 21, then he could have a partner drive with him for 6 months and get his license back after that.

    March 8, 2012 at 8:58 am |
    • Sammy

      I like how you noticed that this kid's license is not revoked permanently, that he can move to another state.
      Most other people have not noticed that.

      March 14, 2012 at 11:23 pm |
  16. Tsai

    I think the judge did exactly the right thing!
    If we don't revoke his license, he may do it again and again, damaging other people and hurting his parents heart.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:00 am |
  17. Gwyneth

    The judge was right in some ways, But I think it was to harsh to go that. He never did harm anyone. He should get his license back. But only can drive a certain amount of miles and speed. That would be fair to him and everyone.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:00 am |
    • Michael

      HE NEVER DID HARM TO ANYONE??? What about the other people in the car that he seriously injured?

      March 9, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
  18. Alyssa

    I dont think its fair. Other people have probably gotten in the same amount of trouble and havent gotten nearly the same punishment. It would have been better to maybe take the license for a while and give it back when he can prove to be more mature with it.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:00 am |
  19. Molli

    Yes, he broke many laws at once. Along with violating his suspended license. He's old enough to know better. And the judge was absoultly right to do that.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:01 am |
  20. meghan

    No because he deserves it because he had hurt his friends and he cod killde them

    March 8, 2012 at 11:01 am |
  21. Anthony

    I believe this is a very fitting punishment for the teen. Not only did he break several laws, but he also had a suspended license. Therefore, since he already had a chance to make up for a previous mistake, and instead wrecklessly destroyed a tree and a car, while also putting his friends lives in danger, he should be lucky he didn't serve jail time.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:01 am |
  22. AJ

    The judge is sort of right. Drunk driving is bad. People shouldn't lose their license. They should just have it suspended for 80 days.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:02 am |
  23. Taylor

    I think the judge was right about suspending his license for ever because. He already had it suspended. he should also pay a fine for destroying the tree.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:02 am |
  24. April

    Based on the information provided, it did not say that he was drinking, despite being at a party where there was alcohol, no one was killed. If the judge decides to take action and suspend his license, he should have to wait 2 years before he can drive again. Part of his sentence should be that he has to take a safe driver class and demonstrate driving skills again.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:02 am |
  25. Emily

    I think that the judge did sort of good but he shouldn't let him leave Rhode Island and danger other people. He should be in jail for driving with a suspended license.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:02 am |
  26. Samuel

    I believe the judge did go a little too far with this. Sometimes people change how they act. The teen should have his license revoked until he was 20 and be incarcerated for breaking the law.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:02 am |
  27. Del

    The kid never should of been drinking and driving especially on a suspended license. But no driving permanently, might as well send them to another country taking away driving in the future means no seeing family far away also possibly you can't get into a good college. I think a fair punishment would have been a long, long time in prison.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:03 am |
  28. drew

    I think it's good for what he did. He was drinking and driving. And he shouldn't have been. He also had his license suspended. Also he probably knew it too. But he can change so it might be a little too far. But he also has been in trouble by them before. But this time its worse. But it's there actions and i cant change that. But i wouldn't have done forever. But i would have done a very long time. So she did go a little too far. She didn't have to make it forever. So i think she didn't have to forever.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:03 am |
  29. Linda

    The judge went way too far. The teen should be put in a strict drug and alcohol probation with a hard license suspension for a year or two. But to suspend his driving forever is ridiculous.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:04 am |
  30. Matthew

    I think the judge made the right choice because the kid was already suspended. plus to me i think he should never be able to drive again because how careless he is. I mean he has broken the law twice!!! Truly i think he should go to jail because he injured friends not right!!

    March 8, 2012 at 11:04 am |
  31. Kylie

    Personally, I think not being able to drive for the rest of his life is absurd. He will need to be able to drive if he gets a job or goes to school and later, if he is married with children, he will not be able to transport them. The incidents of poor judgement should not affect him for the rest of his life because he's a teenager and everybody makes mistakes as a teen. Also, he didn't kill anyone so it shouldn't be that serious.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:06 am |
  32. Ben

    I would say that the judge did the right thing. Because the subject Nearly send two lives in great danger of his recklessness, and drove even when his license was revoked.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:06 am |
  33. Gwyneth

    The judge was right in some ways, But I think it was to harsh to go that. He never did harm anyone. He should get his license back. But only can drive a certain amount of miles and speed. That would be fair to him and everyone. I kindly disagree with the judge.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:06 am |
  34. Emma

    I believe that the judge made the right decision to band his license in the state of Rode Island because he had already got a suspended license and he was putting not only himself in danger but also anyone driving around him.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:06 am |
  35. Rogers

    We are students in Rhode Island and feel this punishment went too far for the crime. We understand the judges perspective but it went to far. We feel he should have had his license suspended for 5 years but he should have driving lessons again, serve community service, and visit schools to teach them NOT to drink and drive which can hurt others.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:06 am |
  36. chase

    I think the punishment is not good enough because he already broke the laws before. I think that he should not be able drive agian in any state because who says he wont do it again and he could get himself or a passenger killed. suspend the liscense forever

    March 8, 2012 at 11:07 am |
  37. Kohlton

    I think that the judge went a little to far because I bet he made A few mistakes in his life but the teens life shouldn't be ruined forever for just a few mistakes early before but his life shouldn't be ruined forever.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:07 am |
  38. Maggie

    I think that the judge did the right thing. Though, he could have found a better punishment that wouln't have affected the kids whole life. Maybe he could be suspended from driveing for 5 or so years and then he could have started from the bottom. Having him permanently suspended would help, but there is ALMOST alsways something that you can do

    March 8, 2012 at 11:07 am |
  39. Elise

    I think the judge did the right thing because he should expect the consequences and he should of not got in the car drunk because that is wrong and he could of killed a lot of people. That would not be good a drunk driver should not drive he should get a friend or NOT DRINK AT ALL! You know the saying don't drink and drive.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:10 am |
  40. Allison

    I thank the judge was right because he should of put him in jail and take his license away forever and pay 200$. So he needs to put him in Jail because he well mabe do it agen. He should of knew that it was bad and dreking and driving.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:12 am |
  41. Kylie

    Personally, I think that the punishment does not fit the crime. He did not kill anybody. Despite having made a previous mistake with driving, not being able to ever get a license in Rhode Island again could have a drastic impact on his life as an adult. He won't be able to drive for work or if he has a family. Far more serious driving incidents have happened to other people and they don't have that serious of a consequence.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:12 am |
  42. Max

    The judge did the right thing. The person who was driving was drunk and broke a few laws, thats his responsibility and his own fault. He made the wrong choices so he can only blame himself

    March 8, 2012 at 11:13 am |
  43. Jorie

    I think the judge went a little too far. The guy who got his drivers license taken away for life can't learn any lessons. In order to teach him a lesson he has to get it taken away for a short period of time. Also he could just move from Rhode Island to another place to get his license back.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:14 am |
  44. Reed

    I feel like the punishment is to sever i think he should have klled some to have this sever a punishment

    March 8, 2012 at 11:14 am |
  45. Jonathan

    I think he was too to suspend his license forever I mean he was drunk and wasn't thinking.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:14 am |
  46. Nicole

    I think the judge went too far. He's a teen, he's going to make mistakes. Suspending his license for a short amount of time or maybe even sending him to jail should help him learn his lesson. People DO change.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:15 am |
  47. Tana

    This IS a little harsh, I mean forever is a long time but then again he did knock into a tree. I think that the judge should have taken away his license until he was eighteen and mature enough to not knock into trees. And they should make HIM pay for the damage.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:15 am |
  48. Mary

    I think that forever is too long... I mean take it away for a year or 2, then make him retake drivers ed when he's grown and more mature about things.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:15 am |
    • Lexi

      I don't think it's fair to the world to let him drive. Our world has enough cahaos!

      March 9, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
  49. Colt

    I think the judge went to far. He could have suspended his license for just a few years but a lifetime is to long.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:15 am |
    • Justin

      I think judge is has a little paranoiaed

      March 9, 2012 at 6:42 am |
  50. Clay

    I think that the judge was to hard on him. I think that they should only lose his license for a year.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:15 am |
  51. Andrew

    It's fair to point out that his action injured his friends, and that this is not his first warning. I agree that the judgement was fair, and that a permanent ban is justifiable. According to the case, he can leave the state later and get a new license if he leaves Rhode Island.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:15 am |
  52. Gaelon

    I think the judge may have gone a little to far. I understand that he was drinking and driving on a suspended license but no one was hurt. The judge could lesser the punishment to letting him drive after he shows a better maturity to driving.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:15 am |
  53. Keifpher

    I believe it is justified because according to the story he was driving on a suspended liscense to begin with, which would mean he had been in previous trouble. He also just came from a party where alcohol was involved, and he had passengers in the vehicle that were injured in the accident. He is responsible for his passengers saftey and his actions. My question, however, is did he consume alcohol at the party mentioned? If so, I feel he should also face incarceration.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:15 am |
  54. Hunter

    I think the punishment was to much. He should of paid a fine and lost his licence for about a year. He wasn't very old. Everyone makes mistakes.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:15 am |
  55. austin

    I think he should get a penalty but not one that harsh.I mean never being able to drive again. I would maybe say 10 year license ban

    March 8, 2012 at 11:15 am |
  56. Alexandria

    I believe the judge was unfair. You need a license to drive, to get to your job, and to go to important places. It should have been suspended instead of taken away permanently.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:16 am |
  57. Tony

    The Teenager in my opinion should not be allowed to drive for about 5 years or until he is an Adult. I feel that teenagers today feel as if they are adults now these days, with the parties, the clubs, and the drinking. There should be extra watch on these situations.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:16 am |
  58. Galen

    I believe that this judge when to far by revoking the teen's license permanently. I would have just suspended it for maybe 5 years and make him take drivers ed again before he could get his license back

    March 8, 2012 at 11:16 am |
  59. Meghan

    I think they went a little far, they could have just suspended it for a certain amount of years. But i also think its a good thing they did, because if you drive with a suspended license while under the influence of alcohol, then you should get that kind of punishment.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:17 am |
  60. Talya

    I think that a permanent ban on driving is a little bit overboard. Sure, he broke multiple laws, and had broken laws before, but he doesn't deserve a lifetime ban for that. I would have made the ban just a year long, and possibly make him retake the drivers test. Not the written part, though, just the part on the road.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:17 am |
  61. Harold

    I think that it was unnecessary punishment for the driver and he could probably take this to court.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:17 am |
  62. Cris

    I think the punishment was too harsh. I believe that his license should be suspended for 6 months. Once that time is up, if he makes another mistake, then it's taken away forever. 3 strikes and he's out.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:18 am |
  63. Amariah

    When it comes to responsibility then this punishment fits the case.You drink you drive and by being selfish endangered you and your friends life when your only a teen and haven't lived your full out life yet.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:20 am |
  64. Frans

    I think this boy needs punishment but forever?
    I think that a little bit to long !!

    March 8, 2012 at 11:21 am |
  65. nicole

    We don't think it's fair that his license was suspended for life. we feel thats a little extreme. he'll never be a productive citizen and never be able to hold a good job unless its within walking distance. Also others have done far worst and are not punished this severly.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:21 am |
  66. Coach Shaw's class

    Our class debated over the issue, and we decided that the punishment the judge gave him was too harsh. He should have just gone to jail for about 5 to 10 years. Because if he was suspended for driving permanentely, then he still would probably keep driving and break the rules. Being in jail would give him the chance to thinkk about if he is mature enough for driving.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:21 am |
  67. Adilade

    The punishment was absolutely necessary. He was breaking so many laws at once: drinking underage, drinking while driving, speeding, and he was already on a suspended license. He was being incredibly irresponsible and now must reap what he has sowed. All the safe drivers in Rhode Island do not deserve to have him on the road putting their lives at risk.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:21 am |
  68. Juan

    It's bad enough that we have drunk drivers ,but with people in the car ,that is too much. I agree because he could have killed people on the sidewalk for all we know. He could of also killed himself and the passengers.He needs to start new leaf in another state not repeat the same thing over and over

    March 8, 2012 at 11:23 am |
  69. Sherry

    I think he should have lost his license until he was 28 years old. The judge over reacted. I get he broke the law but even murderers get out of jail sometimes. He should have been forced into community service and lost his license for 10 years. That's a long time.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:23 am |
  70. Peter

    I think the judges decision was very fair the teenager was drinkig and to add more information he recently had his license suspended and on top of that he injured himself and his friends if i were the judge i would have given a harsher punisment.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:25 am |
  71. Melony

    I agree with the judge. He already had it suspended. He must pose a threat to society. He could have killed innocent people.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:25 am |
  72. Aixa

    I agree with the suspension of the license because when you have already committed several crimes, you already deserve a huge consequence. Plus, the accident could have been worse than what he did. And at least, he can get his license somewhere else, when he deserves it.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:25 am |
  73. Nikki

    I think that's too far and the judge should just suspend his license until he has matured and if he does it again then the judge can suspend it permanently.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:25 am |
  74. Sarah

    I think that the punishment is fair, but there are better ways to handle this. In my opinion, the teen should have his license revoked. He puts others in danger, and could possibly kill somebody if he is allowed to continue driving. Though I think he should has somebody advising him and let him have his license back when that advisor thinks he is ready.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:26 am |
  75. Zoe

    I thought this was really unfair and harsh at first. Then I searched this story online and read that one of his friends in the car ended up in a coma that lasted for weeks. I also saw a picture of what the car looked like after the crash. After I saw that I thought the judge's punishment was completely fair. If it was just him in the car the punishment would have been a little harsh but there were three other people in the car and he put their lives in danger.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:26 am |
  76. Carly

    I believe the judge was right to suspend his license. He was very irresponsible, and we all know he shouldn't have been drinking and driving anyway. Besides, he already had his license suspended, if he would have been patient, he wouldn't have had this happen to him in the first place.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:26 am |
  77. Erik

    i disagree he should of been of the hook.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:27 am |
    • ramsha

      no he shouldnt, if he injured someone, but they were okay, the person would still press charges.

      March 12, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  78. Jeremy

    I think that the judge made a good decision, because the man already had his license suspended and went out anyway. Even worse he was drunk and wrecked.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:27 am |
  79. Emily

    I think that this person should have to pay a large fine, spend time in jail and take away his license for one or two years when he is out of jail.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:28 am |
  80. SOLE

    I think that his punishment fit the crime. He was warned before and chose to disobey the rules. This shows that he was irresponsible and needs to learn from his lack of choice. I hope he learns something and changes his actions because he could of injured someone and that would be even worse

    March 8, 2012 at 11:29 am |
  81. Andrea!

    I think that the judge went way to far. I understand that the kid messed up before, but he shouldn't be punished for the rest of his life. The judge could of put him in jail for a little while, or even suspended his license for a year or so. The teenager did nothing but a mistake.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:29 am |
  82. Marquise

    I think that the judge went a little too far. People can change over time. Teenagers act a little reckless, but my dad once drove about 20mph over the speed limit on an empty stretch of road and is now one of the most careful drivers I know! The teen should just spend a year or two in jail, since they did break the law. The teen's life should not be completely ruined based on a few mistakes early in their life.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:29 am |
  83. Anonymous

    i think that to give him his license back and take him to jail for like 2 yeas and give him back his license back cause her need to drive around and take his kids to school and make a lot of things and he needs to visit his friends

    March 8, 2012 at 11:29 am |
  84. Thomas

    It is completly harsh for the judge to revoke someones license forever. Yes, the conditions were all lined up for such incident to happen but, im pretty sure a senior wouldn't be coming home from a party with drinks. A simple probationwould have been punishment enough instead of forcing the teenager to move to ever be able to drive publicly again

    March 8, 2012 at 11:29 am |
  85. Noah

    The punishment is to harsh. Most kids make common mistakes like that. He should have atleast one more chance to prove he can make right choices.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:29 am |
  86. Connor

    I think that the punishment was fair. If he has had his license taken away before than he doesnt deserve to have it again

    March 8, 2012 at 11:29 am |
  87. Amariah

    The punishment for this case was very fair because first you were drinking and driving,then you endanger your life and other peoples which is very selfish and on top of all that your license was already suspened!

    March 8, 2012 at 11:30 am |
  88. Ben-Jam'in

    The judge went too far because everyone makes makes mistakes even the judge,
    It says right in the bible that you should for give 99 X 99 which in other words
    means you always forgive someone even if they killed someone it doenst mean
    i want revenge an kill that person so forgive and forget

    March 8, 2012 at 11:30 am |
  89. Kayla

    I feel that the judge was going to far. You can change over time. He shouldnt have took them forever maybe a year or so but not FOREVER.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:30 am |
  90. LeBron

    I think he needs a second chance because hes only a kid, But when I was a kid i wasn't the best kid either but i turned out to be star. And i believe that everyone needs a second chance, He doesn't know better....

    March 8, 2012 at 11:30 am |
    • Jeremy

      I agree that's what kids do they are learning

      March 9, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
  91. Chad

    I believe that the teenager recieved an appropriate punishment for the crime that he committed. Anyone deserves a permanent license suspension if they were caught driving drunk with a license suspension. That shows that the driver is clearly careless and does not take the true responsibilites as a car owner.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:31 am |
  92. Kobe

    I think this is absolutely the right punishment. He had a second chance and abused it. He is a danger to himself, anyone in the car, and anyone else who is on the road. Anyone who thinks this is too harsh, try to think of someone you love in a car wreck.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:32 am |
  93. Maribel

    In my opinion, it dosent fit the crime. I say that because people are always going to make mistakes, especially teenagers. Im not saying it was right for him to drive while suspension, but having his license taken away from him his whole life in Rhode Island is a little too much. Hes only a teenager. I wouldve put the teenager on house arrest for about 10 months and suspended his lisense for 2 years. I also wouldve made him go to drinking classes for awhile. Something like that would make him learn his lesson.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:32 am |
  94. Jon

    I think the judge made a bad decision, he is affected the kids ability to transport himself to and from a job and other events in the future. He is young and still learning a life time ban does not teach him anything.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:32 am |
  95. Drew

    I believe that taking someone's license permenantly for something that minor is pretty ridiculous. I think that he should have had his license revoked for a short amount of time (months) and have to pay a fine or have to go back to driving school and take it all over again. Also, he is not a fully matured man. Like Zigon said, people change over time.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:33 am |
  96. Bianca

    I think that it is a good punishment for the kid, beacause he already has his license suspended. And taking his license away will prevent him from getting in anyother accidents.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:33 am |
  97. travis

    personally what i would do to punish them, would be to take away their license!!!! we want teenagers to learn from their mistakes. but thats mostly what i would do.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:33 am |
  98. Ryan

    I think that the punishment is fair to the teen driver, he has gotten chances before and he abused his chances. If he was smart, the kid would have listened the first he got in trouble and not gotten in trouble again, but he did. The judge was smart with his descision. Would you want a drunk teenager driving around your neigborhood?

    March 8, 2012 at 11:33 am |
  99. A.J.

    I think it was the right chose for the judge to take it away. If the the guy for was that un-smart to drive with a suspended license coming from a party where there was drinking he deserves not to be able to get his license. He could have killed anyone on the road or himself and his friends when he hit the tree. The point is, if you had a suspended license you shouldn't drive.
    My teacher thinks kids shouldn't get there license until they are 18, because maybe they will be smarter then, more mature.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:33 am |
  100. roberto

    I agree with the punishment because the teens were not old enough to be drinking and now this would make teens aware that driving is serious.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:34 am |
  101. poly

    I think the teen should just get his license ban for a couple of year because when he is older his going to need a license. It a need not a what he going to need to use it for going to work or if he has a family.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:34 am |
  102. Anonymous

    Yes I personally feel he did deserve to get his license taken away, because It's a priviledge he had and he lost that priviliedge by continuing to proceed in making these crimes. But I also don't think he shouldn't have gotten it taken away forever, because people do make mistakes and learn from them. So I think he should have gotten a second chance to being able to keep his license.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:34 am |
  103. Tanner

    I think that this punishment is acceptible because of the teens background information about his acidents and his driving habbits.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:34 am |
  104. Natalie

    I think it was fair. Obviously the first punishment didn't have any reaction, so why just let him go again? He's just going to keep on breaking the law and eventually he's going to get his license suspended, so they're just saving the damage that could be done, and the lives that could be lost.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:35 am |
  105. casiana

    I think the judge is being fair.
    This kid already got warned once already.
    My advice to him, don't go back to Road island.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:35 am |
  106. john

    I completely agree with this judge the teenager was driving while drunk and while his license was suspeneded when he crashed. the judge had already given the kid a second chance, if they didn't take away his license next time he crashes someone could die.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:35 am |
  107. Emily

    I don't think that he should get his license taken away. If he already got into trouble with driving with all the other things. Also, he was drunk driving, which that is very dangerous. So, i do think he should get that punishment.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:36 am |
  108. zack

    I believe that the judge was a little harsh on the teenager taking his license away if that teen ever gets a job or has to go anywhere important he cant because the judge. The judge should of suspended his license for atleast a couple of months at max a year!

    March 8, 2012 at 11:36 am |
  109. kyle

    I think that it is wrong for them to suspend his liscence forever. They should just make him wait a couple years and take his test again.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:36 am |
  110. chalet

    well i think the the judge took it to hard know when he get older he got to ride a bus are something that messed up

    March 8, 2012 at 11:36 am |
  111. Krysta

    I would punish the teen by not give him the eligibility to drive till the teen is a adult. I would let him drive till he proves that he is mature enough to handle a car. I feel this way because him might turn his life around and become successful in life.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:37 am |
  112. jon

    i believe they should of just give him a year of community service take his licence away for a year and give him an ankle monitor to wear and assign a parole officer.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:37 am |
  113. Christian

    I think that the judge made the right decision, because that teen shouldn't have been driving with a suspended license, and
    be driving drunk. The teen really needs to show a lot of responsibility because he totally broke the law.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:38 am |
  114. Sydni

    OMG I think that is terrible you should never drink and drive.Also I think what the judge did was the right thing ,and he did not even have his license .

    TERRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 8, 2012 at 11:39 am |
  115. Katherine

    I think that the judge was a little unfair but I do think that the teenager should be punished more severe but in another way.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:39 am |
  116. ANDREW

    Even though he was drunk. It doesnt mean he was not responsible for the crime. So I think he should spend a night in jail.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:40 am |
  117. Kevin

    I think that the judge was right in his decision to revoke the driver's license. This will serve as a warning to any other drivers that are driving when they know they should'nt be.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:41 am |
  118. Edward

    Well, if the teenager is foolhardy enough to pull such a stunt, then yes, he should (beyond doubt) be banned. The road is dangerous enough without fools and their shinannigans.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:41 am |
  119. Dominic

    I think that it is perfectly fine to take someone's drivers license after doing something so illegal and dangerous. I think it's
    because they probably won't trust him to have a license anymore. I know that I would do the same.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:43 am |
  120. larisa

    i think it afir because i had a brother drining in car an d crash into another car.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:46 am |
  121. Anushka

    I think what the judge did was right . I think the teen should not drive a car without a license and drunk.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:46 am |
  122. Jaime

    I agree he should have a suspended license because he was drinking under age, and already had a suspended licence. The only problem with the Judge's decision is that he could move to another state and get a license.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:46 am |
  123. Marley

    I agree that the license should be suspended for life becasue he was given a chance to drive and he really messed up.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:46 am |
  124. Ava

    I agree with the Judge's decision becasue he already had a suspended license and he was under age drinking which is against the law and he just ignored it. He should also do community service for the people he hurt.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:47 am |
  125. Logan

    It is toatly fair any other punishmint would be weired. The judge made a very good choice. It makes a ton of sense.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:49 am |
  126. Emily

    I will learn from his mistakes but I don't think it should be forever. Maybe just a year or two?

    March 8, 2012 at 11:50 am |
  127. Neil

    I think that it was a good punishment because he shouldn't have done it in the first place and you would think he would do it again but to let someone else drive for him.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:51 am |
  128. Nicole

    I think the punishment was perfect and that they shouldn't be driving when their drunk but they shouldn't be drinking under age.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:51 am |
  129. Andrew

    I have drive everyday and it is a the most dangerous thing humens do. The judge made a fair choice and i am glad that boy is off the roads.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:52 am |
  130. Mark

    I think it is right because he could have killed someone.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:52 am |
  131. brandon

    I thank the judge made the right choice of taking his license away if he has been in trouble twice

    March 8, 2012 at 11:52 am |
    • Brenna

      I think that the punishment does fit the crime. He drove again even after he knew he was notified that he was suspended. The judge said that that was a legal punishment and I think that that is all there is to this.

      March 12, 2012 at 11:07 am |
  132. Maggie

    I do not think it was right to just suspend the license in Road Island only, because if he comes to the United States and he gets a license he could wreck again and kill someone so i think the judge should of suspended it forever so if he goes to another country he could not get it there either.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:52 am |
  133. sd

    this is is good because if you keep this kid off the road you are keeping other drive safe and good so yes it is very good

    March 8, 2012 at 11:52 am |
  134. khatie

    i think the judge did the right thing bechuz he was driving with a suspened license is against law and his bracking the rules

    March 8, 2012 at 11:53 am |
  135. Maggie

    I do not think it was right to just suspend the license in Road Island only, because if he comes to the United States and he gets a license he could wreck again and kill someone so i think the judge should of suspended it forever so if he goes to another state he could not get it there either.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:53 am |
  136. Nehemiah

    I can see how he got his license. But he got in trouble last time he should not get his license back he hurt his friends and he should not be able to drive again. Maybe he should think be for he moves.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:54 am |
  137. Ryland

    I think that the teenager deserves it. The judge did the right thing too. He shouldn't have went to that party anyway!

    March 8, 2012 at 11:54 am |
  138. Olivia

    At first, I would just treat this as regular DUI. But since he has broken the rules several times before, I would take away his license for about five years or so, and then take away his license permanently if he broke the law again.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:54 am |
  139. Nigel

    I don't think the judge went too far. If he has his license after that, he'll be injuring more of his friends. Plus, if he didn't get a consequence, he wouldn't learn a lesson from drinking and driving.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:54 am |
  140. Brittany

    Well, I think it is wrong to get intoxicated, then drive. But the punishment is a little extreme!

    March 8, 2012 at 11:54 am |
  141. Hunter

    Yes I do think that the judge made the right decision because teenagers that have a suspended license should not be driving even when they are drunk.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:55 am |
  142. wesley

    I think it was fair because he drove after he was in a party with drugs .

    March 8, 2012 at 11:55 am |
  143. Mary

    I think that the punishment was absolutely necessary. The boy was drinking underage, driving when his license was already suspended, and he put three other people's lives in danger. He wasn't just breaking the law in one way.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:55 am |
  144. Pedro

    He deserves the suspension because he could have killed someone but he could always move states.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:55 am |
  145. Yoshi

    I don't think it was fair for the judge to revoke his license for life. It was dumb of him to drink and drive but they could of at least revoked it for a month or so. Or they could of gave him a fine and a ticket.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:55 am |
  146. paidyn

    It
    is fair but he can go to another place and get another one but it is still fair.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:55 am |
  147. Gillian

    I think that it was right that they toke his license away first because he was not suppose to drive any way then he was drinking then he crashed the car with his friends in it he was not suppose to drink he is not old enough so that's why its fare.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:58 am |
  148. Samerra

    I think thats a little harsh

    March 8, 2012 at 11:59 am |
  149. davin

    I think that that he should never get his license back again, anywhere and I think it was fair that he got his license suspended.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
  150. Thomas

    I think it's fair. He's already broken the law, and drinking isn't a good thing either.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
  151. Annaliese

    I think the judge went too far. Since it is a second offense and he ignored his suspension before, the punishment should be much stricter, but if the boy ignored his suspension before, how do you make sure he will listen this time? Anyway, he could just move to another state, get a license, and do the exact same thing. I think this punishment was irrelavent, far to strict and unperforming. Teenagers can do stupid things, and you don't know if he'll change.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
  152. Breanna

    I do belive that he should not get hs licese back AT all . But maybe he had lear his lesson that he has done not only to himsel but his friends.There is alot of resonseablitys one is not to drive drunk .and if it takes somoeone to crash it juat takes responsiility on there on actions

    March 8, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
  153. Electria

    I think the punishment was ok but people can even if it isn't right to be drunk when your driving. But taking away his driving licence for the rest of his life in rhode island is way to far. Maybe take it away for 2 or 3 years.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
  154. Elijah

    I think he should never be able to drive again because if he moved to Joplin he could hurt someone while he is driving and get his license taking away from him even more so it would be useless to give him another chance.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
  155. Taegan

    I think it was fair because he was underage and his license was already suspended, and he and the other passengers were injured.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
  156. Cesar

    He deserves to get his lisense taken away because he was driving recklessly

    March 8, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
  157. Tristan

    I think the punishment was 100% fair. Drinking underage and driving over the speed limit with more people in the vehicle can be very dangerous to him. It could also be dangerous to the other people in the car and pedestrians. Even without the drinking, teenagers are very dangerous drivers. I am happy with the decision.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
  158. Jaedyn & Erika

    Yes, the punishment fit the crime because he had done other crimes. If someone isn't as responsible as they should be and keep breaking the law, seirous consequences such one like this should be done and taken care of, so no one else gets hurt.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
  159. mike

    of course he should be punished permanetly. He does not deserve another chance. He could've easily taken a life, thankfully he didnt. he has nobody to blame but himself.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
  160. Tom

    I most certainly think that this teen should lose his license. His license was already suspended and he knew better than to drink and drive! He could have killed everyone in his car!

    March 8, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
  161. Emma

    I disagree with the punishment. I think that even though he did something very wrong, you don't know what happened at the place where he had been drinking. He could have been pressured to drink. Even though he might've known he shouldn't have been driving, everyone makes mistakes. People get others injured. People drink and drive every day. People even drive into trees every day.Do THEY get their license taken away?? I think the punishment is too harsh. Anyone who passes a driving test should be allowed to drive.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
  162. Michaela

    The judge went too far! The teen is not an adult. I think he should be acountalbe for his actions but that judges statment was not right nor was it fair to the 17 teen year old.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
  163. Andrew

    I think the judge shouldn't have given him that big of a punishment but it is his fault he shouldn't have been driving at the time

    March 8, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
  164. Cole

    I agree that the teen should have his license taken away, but not for such a prolonged period of time. I can understand between 10 and 15 years, but having suspended for life is just too harsh. He needs a chance to learn from his mistakes and not be punished so harshly that he will never have a chance again.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
  165. Cody

    The punishment is absolutely neccessary! He could could have took the lives of those three people and himself. He also was drinking underage. The teen should be ashamed of himself!

    March 8, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
  166. Abby

    I don't think that the boy should have gotten his license taken away for life. I know he did somthing bad, but later in life he will need his lincense to care for his family. Although, I do think it should have been suspended for, about the next 20 years so he learns his lesson.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
  167. Lauren

    The boy was pretty dumb to have been driving in the conditions he was in. I think he should have had his license taken away until a certian age, like thirty. He was risking the lives of many. Including other drivers, pedestrians, his friends, and himself. Although, he is not aloud to drive ever again in the state, I have a feeling that it is not going to stop him, and he will still drive. Reason being because he already had his licensed provoked and drove stupidly anyway.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
  168. Hannah

    I don't think the teen should of got his lisence taken away forever, I think if the judge gave him jail time then I think that he would of learned his lesson. Its gonna be very harsh not being able to drive as he gets older.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
  169. Cole

    In the story of where the kid crashed his car into a tree and injured all of the kids in the car while alchol was involved. I agree with the sentence of taking his license away for the rest of his life in that state. If you mess up that bad you should get punished harshly for it. But he can get his license some where else in a different state who wants to live in road island any way but it will be hard to get it even in another state.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
  170. Libby

    3 different teens in the car, and alcohol so there was a bad wreck, i do not think that the judge was to harsh because the teen broke about 4 different laws so i think his punishment is fair.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
  171. Neka

    I think that the judge did the right thing by suspending the young mans license for forever. He shouldn't have did what he did and then he wouldn't have to worry about that.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
  172. glen

    I dont think his licence should have been taken away for life. Like maybe a suspention of a year or to though.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
  173. Grace

    In this news cast, a 17 year old guy had gotten in a wreck with three other people in the car. He was coming home from a party, with alcohol in the car and he also had a suspended liscense. The judge told him that he licesnse was revoked for life!!!!! I think the judge was to harsh on him. It was a bad wreck, but how many other bad wrecks are there everyday. The boy made a mistake, he should get some kind of punishment, but i think his license being revoked is a little to far.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
  174. Walter

    I feel like the judge made a good choice to revoke his license for life and I also felt like that was the only descision the judge had.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
  175. Austin

    The in accident in Rhode Island where a boy and three of his friends was in the car with the driver with a suspended license, and transporting alcohol under aged. I dont think that the judge was to harsh with him. He shouldnt have been drinking knowing that his license was suspended and having alcohol in the car.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
  176. Deasia

    The teen driver who was underage was in a terrible car crash with to other friends. He had alcohol in the car while driving and he had broken laws before. So the judge ended up taking his drivers licence forever. I don't think the judge was to hard on him for taking them forever since he was driving reckless and put other peoples lives in danger.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
  177. glen

    I dont think his licence should have been taken away for life. Like maybe a suspention of a year or two though.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
  178. Cory

    In my opinion the case was slightly blown out of proportion. All across the state of rhode island along with the rest of the country iresponsible adults drive drunk and cause car acidents. The teenager should of been punished a little lesh harsh. The young man will have a difficult time geting his license in another state due to his punishment.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
  179. Makayla

    I think that he should have not been driving after he was drunk and he shouldn't have even been drinking anyway because he is under age. I think that he should got his license taken away for driving drunk under age and the other guys thta were with him should get introuble too because it was their fault also for getting in the car with the drunk driver.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
  180. Rick

    He endangered the lives of other innocent people......he is worthy of this punishment.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
  181. Mallory

    I am glad that no one was seriously injured in the accident. I do not think that the he was too harshly judged, because someone could have been killed. He was already in trouble with the law, which was a warning to him. He new that he was breaking the law. I think he was asking for it.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
  182. bryen

    Good we should be doing this every where we can i would rather have no licence and be alive then dead and resonsible for 3 others deaths....STICK IT TO EM!!........

    March 8, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
  183. Holt

    I believe that the judge did the right thing. If a teenager is driving crazy like that, he should never get his license again. After hearing that there was alcohol was involved, I totally agree with what the judges decision was.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
  184. Teonia

    I think the punishment is absolutely fair. I've lost a close friend in a drinking and driving accident and if he would've killed anyone, he would've been charged with vehicular manslaughter or even 2nd degree murder, which in my opinion is much worse than revoked license. I don't blame the judge for being harsh because hopefully that will stop other teens or even adults in their community from drinking and driving.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
  185. joe

    that is not fair at all if he did not kill no one then they should not have his license revoked for life. He can move to a new state and get a license what they going to keep up with him and not let him have one. They have more people outhere doing worst things then what he did. they should of put him in jail for 30 days and make him go to rehab

    March 8, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
  186. Key

    The judge says that he is making an example of the student, but i think he was too harsh. If you really want to teach kids a lesson, gradually increase to punishment of the action. Don't bombard one person with all the outrage of bad teenage driving.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
  187. Josh

    There was teens and acohol involved and driving .I think that taking his license forever is a little harsh , because he will never be able to drive any more . he may become a good driver and never have any problens but will never get his license.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
  188. Savannah

    I am reading a book in English and it is a lot like this story except he does not get his license revoked forever. I think the driver should not have got his license taken away, because how is he supposed to get to a job when he gets older? I can see where the judge made the decision but I think it was to hard of a punishment. I think the driver will have to deal with a lot of guilt because he hurt his friends. The judge could have ruled that he had to be on probation, had to keep good grades, and had to go to drunk driving classes.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
  189. Brittany

    Ii BELIEVE JUSTICE WAS SERVED for the reckless teen. He couldve killed everybody including hisself or permanently damaged them forever.I dont know what makes teens think they are invincible but in this case it proves them wrong. I am a teen myself and would not want to be in the car with an idiot.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
  190. Honor

    Why was he the one to have been the demonstration. It is kind of unfair but it is on him because he was already provoked and drove anyway. So he put it on himself. But the punishment was a little harsh.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
  191. Jamie

    It's okay.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
  192. Matthew

    I think the judge went to far by banning that teen from ever having a licence for a car in Rhode Island.I think the judge should have had him banned for a little while but not for ever. that kids life is probably ruined now.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
  193. Carrie

    I wouldn't have gone that far with a punishment, but i respect the judge's opinion, The judge should feel strongly about their decision no matter what other people think. If I was the judge, I would stick with my opinion, even though it is harsh.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
  194. jack

    i think that was a little harsh, it would be more reasonable to suspend his license for a few months

    March 8, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  195. Haley

    Honestly, I don't think the judge went too far at all. I think that they've been taking it easy on too many teenagers, and only punishing the drivers of accidents resulting in death. It's about time that they get thicker skin!

    March 8, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  196. Teya

    I don't agree with this. I think a lifetime is to extreme for this type of thing. Maybe ten years or something.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  197. Sarah & Alfredo

    We think that the kid should be punished because there needs to be a punishmen when you do something wrong like that, and he needs to learn a lesson about going to a party and then driving. But the judge took it too far. He could have just said for two years, or until the kid turns 18. But we guess the kid could get a license in another state, because the judge said "never again in Rhode Island." So thats good news for the kid.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  198. Bailey

    Since he has broken many laws already, I would have just put him under prosecution for a couple of [brief] months. Taking his license away permanently is like taking away some of his freedom. Give him a chance, he still has his life ahead of him.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  199. Jake

    Well that's to far i think for his acts he should be punished depending on what his age, if in high school make it so he does not get until he graduates because when going to collage he would be out of the states hair and if he was graduated and lived in Road island than it should be revoked for at least 10 years or less but permanently that means movement to a different state losing a citizen because he needs to drive to work every day and go to friends or driving to the hospital, in this generation you NEED to be able to drive.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  200. Skylar

    I dont think its fair.
    He should have gave him like it susppended for a few months.
    Not for live thats to far and long.
    He gave him a horiable consequence.
    His coseqution should be a {brief} time not forever.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
  201. Nik

    Would not having a license prevent them from driving?

    March 8, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
  202. Brandon

    i think that it is right because he is UNDERAGE drinking, WHILE DRIVING, and his license is ALREADY suspended.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
  203. Carolina

    Could he go to another state and get a license?

    March 8, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
  204. LaNae

    I think the judge was right to suspend him from driving ever again in Rode Island. His actions just show how carless he is. I would have suspended his license and if he ever wanted to drive again in any other state I would have him take a drivers saftey course before entering the streets.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
  205. Anna

    I believe that this was a fair punishment for what he did. He had gotten a suspended liscense before so he has done bad before. Plus he endangered the lives of four others while he was being reckless. That was a fair punishment and i thought that he got what he deserved. Plus he ruined a tree and that could of been someone elses property!!!

    March 8, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
  206. Ryan

    I think the judge did what was right. The teenager didnt just wreck a car the teen was drinking,drinking while driving, and also had a suspended licence. Which means he has been in trouble with the law before. The judge has made the right choice.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
  207. Victoria

    I think that that the judge went a little to far because it was probably an honest mistake and no harm was done except that the car was damaged.Also teens are just young adults who still have big choices to make and sometimes they make the wrong one,so i do not agree with the judges decision. I do not think that the drinking part was a mistake though because it is a very horrible thing to drink and will ruin your life.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
  208. Noah

    I would have did the same thing because he could of killed some of his friends that were in the car.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
  209. stefan

    I think it is unfair because everyone deservers to drive know matter what they did and it does not solve the crime.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
  210. sofia

    what i would pesonally do is suspend his license for a year.I don't think the judge was fair because he was just a kid. He also didnt repeat the mistake, so I dissagree to the judge's decision.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
  211. Rachel

    It was a huge crime, and he should definitely be punished. However, this man will never be able to get a license in his home state because of one mistake he made when he was a careless teen. His license should be suspended, and he should be able to prove that he is a responsible driver before getting it back.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
  212. Patrick

    I understand revocking the guys licsense but forever no, even if he was driving whith a suspended liscense thats just taking it to far.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
  213. Russell

    I think its a bad thang because he should get a nother chance but if he does it again take the license away then

    March 8, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
  214. Ben

    I think that the judge was harsh, because people should be able to learn from their mistakes and now he wont get a chance.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
  215. Isaac

    I agree with the judgement – he was driving drunk and he already had a warning.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
  216. Katie

    I agree whole-heartedly with the judge...

    March 8, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
  217. Lauren

    The punishment is fair. He broke the law, so he got a punishment. Simple as that. It's his fault for driving when he had his licensed susbended and he just left a party that had alcohol. What if he was to get in a wreck 10 times worse and killed others.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
  218. Sean

    I think it is not fair because they shouldnt banned someone for their whole life it should be banning someone for 10 years or more depending on how bad the crash is. if iwas a judge i would say your banned for 10 years but if you start driving you have to add another year and if you start to drive and you crash again at it was your fault we're going to banned you for 30 years.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
  219. Derian

    I think the judge over reacted. There should punishment , but not forever. He is young and people can change.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
  220. Drew

    I think the punishment was unnessecery because everyone makes mastakes and he should spend a year or two in jail.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
  221. david

    Give him another chance.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
  222. Zach

    I think it was not big enough of a punishment he should not be able to drive in any state at any time no matter what.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
  223. trent

    i dont think that what they did is fair, i think they should have given him a third chance to prove to the judge that he would be able to have a drivers licence. I think they went to far, they should just suspend it for about a year. That would be a better approch i think.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
  224. Allison

    I think the judge was right to take away his liscense permenantly, because if he is not going to follow the laws now why would he follow them any time soon?

    March 8, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
  225. Jessica

    They should of just told him to use the bus until he was at least 21.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
  226. Aneesha

    I totally think that he diserved hat he got. Because first he already had a suspended license then he was drinking underaged and then he goes and drives and puts his lives and others in danger!

    March 8, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
  227. Ruchee

    I think the judge went a little too far, he should know that you should NEVER EVER drive while you are drunk, but this is the age to start learning, he made a mistake and i think he learned from that, I think that he should have gotten only a year or two of susspension, but i think he will learn from this and never do it again.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
  228. Maryam

    I think that the judge did the right thing becuz the teenager wasnt supposed to drink while driving thats why he hurt 3 people and he was also suspended ONCE!!

    March 8, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
  229. Raymond

    I think the judge made the right decision because the driver put the lives of three people in danger. It was a suspended license in the first place, so he shouldn't have even been driving.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
  230. Kelby

    i think the judge was right with taking away his license but sholdnt of tooken it away forever. they shold make him pay for the damage and a fine of $200s.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • Brandon

      the judge couldnt be more right he deserves to mot have a license and he should have paid for a fine (like how u just said)

      March 9, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
  231. jamie

    honestly, the judge went a little to far. i do agree that that kid did a very stupid thing, but insted i think the judge could at least let him get his license after collage! everybody makes mistakes, but we learn too. Second chance anybody?

    March 8, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
  232. Shayna

    I think that he should have to take driving classes and donate a substantial amount of money to M.A.D.D. He should also be made to apologize to the families of the deceased publicly on the news.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
  233. Zach

    He should never be able to drive again because he was drinking under age and her was driving he should have to go to jail.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
  234. Maria

    The punishment was too harsh. He should be punished for driving while being on probation, the judge could have taken away his license until he was 25 or at least done with college. He is only a teenager, we all make mistakes!!!

    March 8, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
  235. Andrew

    I think the punishment the judge gave him is to harsh. They should've made it until he was about 30 plus years old when he learns to be a responsible driver, but not for the rest of his life because it can really affect his life permanently without a car for a job,family,school, and other things.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
  236. Loftin

    I think that the teenager that wrecked his car should definitely have his license revoked, but permanent suspension is a bit too far. I think that a short amount of jail time and no license for ten years would be a better soulluition.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
  237. CoachC

    Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. Looks like this young man won't get a third time to fool this judge. Kodos for "lawing down the law".

    March 8, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
  238. Tony

    I think the teenager should not get his drivers license away!!!!! it was not far just take away his drivers lisense.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
  239. Tony

    he should just get his drivers lisense taken away for a year.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
  240. Morgan

    *Friend leans over to me* "He's gonna move out of state, how much do you wanna bet?"

    March 8, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
  241. Cheismangus

    I think that penalty for losing his Lisence is really unfair. Losing it for life in rode island is not a fair deal. I think they should have made it only 2-5 years, and some years of probation.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
  242. tyler

    i think the permanent licence revokement was neccesary.what if he hit another vehicle and killed a whole family?now theres not a chance he can get another licence and harm others.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
  243. Tyler

    I think this is a perfect punishment. The teenager put lives in danger because hes not responsible. Before he messes up real bad and people get serious hurt we should act which the judge did and its the right thing.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
  244. Matt

    I think the judge now exacatlly what he/she was doing. The boy that was driving the car knew what he was getting in to. I would have done the same as the jugde.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
  245. Mason

    he should get a better judge for the lisense thing. the kid should just take a new test so he can get his drivers liscense. and wait a month or two before taking the test.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
  246. Shayna

    I think that he should have to take driving classes and donate a substantial amount of money to M.A.D.D. He should also be made to apologize to the families of the deceased publicly on the news. In addition, he should have to donate the amount of money the families want to a good cause.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  247. Fernando

    yes this is a good punishment because he shouldnt have brocken the law.he knew what he was doing and he still did it.so he does deserve to not drive.he choose to do this so now he has to face the consequences. either he likes it
    or not.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  248. Michaela

    I think that the judge needed to see what he does when he was older so that he possibly get his license back. I'd take it away until he was 18 or 21, to see what he was like when he was older. He could mature, and if he ever wanted to drive again, he would have to move out of Rhode Island. If he wanted to live there when he grew up, he would have to have someone else drive him around.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  249. jennifer

    I think the judge went to far he is a teenager, he is barely learning right from wrong

    March 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
  250. Matt

    I think the judge was so ring, was if the parents cant go somewhere he can drive. The jugde is totally WRONG!!!!

    March 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
  251. Emma

    I agree with the judge about this issue. I think that he should have his liscense revoked. He does not deserve to drive if he's going to be continue to drive recklessly and endanger the innocent people on the street. He needs to learn what you miss when you misbehave.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
  252. Clara

    I think it is complete fair because he had a 2nd chance but blew it.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
  253. Geoffrey

    I think the punishment was too harsh. Revoke his license until he is 21 and send him to jail for a while. Teens do make mistakes.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
  254. Julia

    I think the judge went to far. I absolutely think he or she deserves a punishment, but not one that would affect the rest he or she life's.

    March 8, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
  255. Josh

    That is so not fair!!!!!! I mean, I know he was a drunk driver but seriosly people. Forever? How would you like to have your license taken away forever? They should have just fined him, or maybe a prison sentence but this? That cannot be Democratic.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
  256. joe

    he should do four years in jail and if he does it again then no license at all forever

    March 8, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  257. Dman

    I say that it is a bad consequence, but you need to face them because of your actions. So I say it is 50% yes and 50% no.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  258. Daniel

    I think the punishment was just to much. It should be like for 3 or 4 years gone. Not for forever

    March 8, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
  259. austin

    he should get his license takin away becauswe he injured his friends

    March 8, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
  260. jc

    he should do three years in jail

    March 8, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  261. Josue

    I think the judge is harsh to to him they
    should but him in in jail for a month

    March 8, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
  262. jonathan

    I think court guy should of just suspended his license for 7 years cause then he would still drive.......

    March 8, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
  263. janak

    i think it have to be like to get the licence and do not get never get his licence because he did not follw the roo

    March 8, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
  264. dylan

    i think that was a good call he could have killed those other people and that could have been a bunch of law suts

    March 8, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
  265. jess

    he shold get his license tookin away in rhode island but move to a different state and get a new license i dont think it is wrong at all that he crashed into a tree and accidently [hurt] his friends!!!!!!!!!

    March 8, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
  266. Kady

    I think that he should have gotten his license suspened until he turned a certain age like 30.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
  267. Monica

    I think that he should be punished but they might have gone too far. Instead of taking his license away forever it should have been for like 2 years.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
  268. Claire

    I think Its very fair but instead of there lisence taken away FOREVER the teenager should have to do 3 weeks whorth of community service, in a jump suite and they should have to take over there test and classes!

    March 8, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
  269. Dakota

    I disagree because he is too young to already have his license taken away. He is a teenager, of course he is going to do stupid things.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
  270. susana

    i think that the punishment was good because so like this the teenagers understand that its not good to be drinking and then drive.when their drunk.so many accidents can happen if they drive when their drunk and like that they can learn their lesson because if not they ill be doing it ove and over again.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
  271. Nadia

    I think that the punishment was good because he wouldn't be doing all those accedents and driving drunk. If they didn't punish him he would not stop doing what he does.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
  272. august

    i think the punishment was fair because if he gets his license back he might drink and drive again

    March 8, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
  273. Ashley

    I think it was fair for the driver. He shouln't of been driving even if he was drunk. He should of called a taxi or let someone drive him home. Also, he shouldn't of been speeding. All of the people in the car got injured including. On the good side, he didn't kill anyone or do some severe damage to anyone (except the car)

    March 8, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
  274. Kobie

    I don't think a permanent suspension was necessary but a long one is. He endangered himself, passengers and anyone on the road. He should be able to drive. For ever? No he can fix his life up.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
  275. Josh

    I agree because he had already gotten into trouble before and shouldn't had been driving anyway.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
  276. Morgan

    I was always told that if you do the crime you pay the time. I think that he should have been more responsible, he should of thought about he was going to do before he did it.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
  277. cody

    i think thats to much for him crashing a car. during the winter someone slips off the road are you going to take there license away

    March 8, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
  278. zach

    this is totaly wrong he should only get suspended till he is 21 then be able to reaply for his liscens. the judge took it to far this is not right to do that.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
  279. socorro

    I think this isn't fair at all because the judge had went too far and that wasn't fair at all. it should of been just for 5 years. the teen life shouldn't be ruined at all . He had tought of his mistake and he had learn a lesson.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  280. Samantha

    The teen's life should not be completely ruined based on a few mistakes early in their life.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  281. kyle

    i dont know wat to say i would say good because of the other people may be getting hurt

    March 8, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  282. brian

    I think he should have lost his license because he made a careless mistake and should face the consequences

    March 8, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
  283. Hunter

    I think that depending on the situation there may have been other options but it was his second chance..

    March 8, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
  284. sean

    i think the punishment is completely fair because he could of killed his friends and even if his license was revoked he would have got the death penalty for murder. and if he did not get the death penalty he would have got at leas 15 years in jail!!!

    March 8, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
  285. James

    I think the judge was thinking the right way but overlooked the fact that you don't need a license to drive a car illegally. this said, the boy that had his license banned could easily just find another car to use and cause injury that way as well.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  286. EVANS

    to far jude let people be people not rule followers but laws are diffrent

    March 8, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  287. Matthew

    I think the judge went to far because this thing happens alot to teenagers they are comming home drunk and then someone gets hurt. But the teenager should go to jail for a year and then get his licens back in another year.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  288. Kip

    I think this is not smart i think they should have just made him do community service for a year or so . THATS WAS WAY HARSH!

    March 8, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  289. Karlee

    I believe the punishment is fair. The teen already had a suspended license not to mention he was driving under the influence. The problem could have ended way worst.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  290. yeroc

    i dot believe we have enough information to be deciding his fate. now with that said i believe if he is a habitual violator he needs to be stopped before someone gets hurt.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  291. chris

    I think that the penalty is fair because if he was entoxicated and his license was supented. The punishment is great.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  292. Isaiah

    I think the judge did the right thing with taking his liscense away. He was allready in trouble and driving with a suspeneded liscense. The worst thing that could have happened was he getting sent to jail.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  293. Effie

    I think this punishment is completely necessary. He needs to learn his lesson, because he clearly didn't learn it the first time.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  294. Fohawk

    If he's a teen, he could easily just move into another state once he's older, especially if a job calls for it. So this punishment might just be rendered moot with time

    March 8, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  295. Nicco

    yes i think it was fair because his license was suspended and he injured 2 other passengers.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
  296. Corzo

    He deserves this because he comitited two crimes plus he already comited a crime before this.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
  297. Samantha

    I think that judge went a little too fa. People can change over time. I think he should just go to jail for a year re take the drivers test wait 60 days and then give him back his linces. I think his linces will be tooken away fore ever.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
  298. Giselle

    I think that his is not fair because he is only a teenager and he doesn't now what he was doing and that is what life is about making mistakes but never give up.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
  299. Ellyn-Kate

    I think the judge should have only taken his license away for 10 or so years

    March 8, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
  300. Megan

    I think the Judge did the right thing because if he didn't then he could have wrecked again. He was a teenager and was at a party with drugs. Good for the Judge!!!

    March 8, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  301. samantha

    i think the judge get carried away . i have suspended license for a the while then for forever

    March 8, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  302. kyle

    I think the judge took it way to seriously i mean take it away for a year or two not his whole life how is going to get to work.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  303. kyle

    i think it is fair to take he licens

    March 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
  304. Sean

    I think is wasnt fair becuase he could just go to a different state and get new lisence

    March 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
  305. Gage

    I think it was wrong for the judge to to take away the teenagers license.The only thing the judge should of did was make him not drive for about six months.The teenager should have to retake the drivers test and have an older adult with him while driving at all times until he proves he can better.One thing is he have only injured the three kids but he has not killed them in the car axident.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
  306. Rebekah

    I think that he should get punished, but to take away his license forever is just to much. He is a teenage boy that does some stupid stuff sometime. The judge was over reacting i think.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
  307. samantha

    think he went to far,I mean it was right to take away the kid's driving right but not forever that takes it way to far I mean how is the kid sub post to learn his lesson if he won't ever be able to drive again.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
  308. justin

    he should get another chance cause he is only a teen and he can do better so if anything he should get it suspended for a month or something with his license

    March 8, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  309. Spencer

    I think he should have had his licenses suspended temporarily but not for ever!

    March 8, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  310. Athina

    I think he should get his license taken away, but not for that long. They should take it away for only about ten years, but not for his whole life.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  311. Jessica

    I think that the punishment for the teen is a bit harsh. But I understand why the judge did what he did.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
  312. Lauren

    I do not think the judge was being to hard on him. The reason why I say this is, he had already had his license revoked before so that's my first reason. My second reason was because he was drinking, and it is against the law to drink and drive. So there fore I think he deserved the correct punishment for his actions!

    March 8, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  313. Lawrence

    Rhode island is only 1014 sq. miles long. so he doesn't need a car to get where he wants. Plus I think he deserved to get his license to get taken away from him permanently, because he will probably end up moving out of Rhode Island, and the man needs to be taught a lesson.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  314. Taylor

    I think that the punishment is a little harsh because teenagers can change. I think that he could've had it suspended until he was 21 or until he could prove that he is responsible enough to handle a car.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  315. Alex

    I think the lifetime revoking is not right for the crime. Only if the kid was doing a HORRIBLE act then it would've been fair. This is really unfair to me–I think the license should've been revoked until a certain point.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  316. Valerie

    Forever? That's a little too far. How is he supposed to get around? I'd day a couple of years or so.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • frankie

      I think the punishment serves him right. If the judge hadn't have done that, think about all the damage he could create if he decided to do it again, he could hurt a bunch of people including himself in the process. This way people can stay safe and teach the teen some respect and responsibility, the teen has to grow up and deal with what ever consequences come. Plus it will serve as a lesson to teach other people not to do it and to follow the laws, and as a lesson to the teen, himself.

      March 10, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
  317. Zach

    He should never be able to drive again because he was drinking under age and he was driving he should have to go to jail.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  318. jimmy

    i think the judgewent to far many outher poeple did that also and got there licence suspended for2 years.Even when he did that he was not breaking the law.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  319. Autumn

    I think that they should have his license revoked forever because he was already driveing with a suspended license,and he could have killed the three passengers. Also he had been charged for many crimes before.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  320. Melinda

    Seeing as it was already taken away before I think he was doing a stupid thing and also risking it by going to a party and getting drunk. I believe that the crime does fit the punishment becasue of the complete lack of responsibilty that he had.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  321. Maren

    I believe that it was a little to are even though he broke the law and drove after he got his license taking away by the government, it was to far maybe taking it away for 20 or so years would be fine but A LIFE TIME!

    March 8, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  322. Sami

    I think it's totally fair, because, 1) Speeding is illegal. 2) He knew he had passengers with him. 3) He didn't have a license, and still continued to drive recklessly. And, 4) He was drunk. I mean, he needs to use common sense.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  323. Maren

    I Think it is fair that he got it taking away for a lifetime, because he got his license taken away once already and broke the law and drove when he didnt have him license. What does he need to have to show him he needs to follow the law a 3rd strike! not in the law 3 strikes arent for real life and the law.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  324. Nathan

    I think it was the best thing for other teens!

    March 8, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  325. Brandi

    The punishment clearly states the teenager would not be able to obtain another Rhode Island license... however it does not say that he could not get a new license in another state. While this may prove to be difficult for him due to his current record, the possibility of it happening is still considerable. Revoking only that license from that state would be putting other people's lives in danger that do not live in Rhode Island. In my opinion, the punishment was necessary, but it was not specific enough.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  326. Bruce

    We believe the punishment was fair and justified. Being that the teen drove on a suspended license, what will prevent him from getting behind the wheel in the future or moving to another state and receiving a license.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  327. Meredith

    I think that was a great thing the judge did. People who are reckless drivers should not have a license in the first place especially people who are probably should not be drunk driving period. i hope this is a lesson to the people who drive recklessly.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  328. Megan

    The punishment is too major. Mostly because you have to use your license for everything! A punishment in jail would be better.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  329. Nathan

    It is problely to influance other teenagers not to drink and drive agian.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  330. Miguel

    I think they should not have bothered banning the student because he could just move and get his license in another state, then come back to Rhode Island to drive.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  331. Wolfe

    i think it should be suspended for 2 years so that he can have time to mature and become smarter at driving.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • Rachel

      But if he didn't learn, wouldn't that be putting people at risk again?

      March 8, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  332. Colin

    I think it was perfectly necessary,if that man still was on the streets,he could endanger others

    March 8, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  333. Aaron

    I don't think that it was fair, we all make mistakes don't we?!

    March 8, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  334. Matthew

    I think that having his license banned permanently is not a good idea because he is a teenager and he needs the opportunity to learn from his mistakes.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  335. AlYsSa

    i think it was fair because he had broken many laws before.,........
    it is a harsh punishment and can be changed if he moves...... but is the right thing 2 do so he cant hurt anyone else 4 a while :p

    March 8, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  336. Kayla

    I think the judge went a little too far and it would be reasonable to ban the kid from driving for a few years. Once he is an adult he might become more responsible.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  337. spencer

    i think it is unfair.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  338. abbie

    People can change over time some and teenagers can cause a lot of damage. The teen should just spend a year or two in jail, since they did break the law. and i think the judge was a little strict to the teenager.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  339. Ashlynn

    I think the permanent ban was a good idea. He could have killed someone and taken their life away. Instead of killing someone, they simply took his license away.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  340. oscar

    i thinks unfair because hes a teen he should at least get 1 or 2 years in jail or community service

    March 8, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  341. Garret

    I think the punishment was fair because he crashed for the second time, but the second crash was with his license revoked

    March 8, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  342. Patrick

    I think it is not necessary. I would've at least banned him five years so he could have those five years to re-think his actions.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  343. Chris

    That irresponsible teenager already did something wrong because he had a suspended license. I actually think he should go to prison.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  344. Emily

    i think the judge went a little overboard in this situation. I do think that they were very irresponsible in many ways though by drinking underage, driving well drinking underage, having people in the car with him. I think that instead the judge could of easily just have made him go to prison for a little while but not take away his licence forever.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  345. Jacob

    What the judge did was the right choice he could killed his friends and him self. And also if he didn't get his license restricted he could kill himself or others in the future.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  346. Esmeralda

    I think that revoke license is a good idea because if they don't listen once its good to suspend the license

    March 8, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  347. Jon

    He shouldn't get such a severe punishment. There are many people who have done worst then him. It is also a violation of the 8th amendment. But he should have to take driving classes, go to jail for a couple years, or community service. Maybe after a couple of driving classes he will change his driving habits.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  348. Kyle

    I think it was a little to much. I think that the judge should have maybe put him in jail to let him know he needs to change his attitute. He will never get a license i Rhode Island again! That's a little harsh

    March 8, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  349. Alexandra

    I don't think it matters... because, he is a teenage boy. Whether he has a license or not, he is probably going to drive. I know this because I have two teenage brothers.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  350. wendy

    i think it's ok

    March 8, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  351. james

    no because thats going to far because for ever no i would suspend the drivers license for 2 years because thats not right he will be sad and never have a licence again he needs a car to go to a job or if he decides to get a apartment so i dont think thats far.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  352. endsley

    I think it was a good call because this kid did the same thing twice and he said that the judge

    March 8, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  353. Jason

    I say it is a fair punishment it will make him never do that again

    March 8, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  354. justeen

    i think the judge did the right thing because he got a warning and still drove the same so losing his licenses forever

    March 8, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  355. kyle

    I think the judge didn't make the right chose because you can change but i get the idea of taking it for the safety of the people.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  356. Colin

    He should lose it for 5 or 10 years, punish them until they won't be at parties or in situations of drinking and driving.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  357. Trevor

    I think it was fair because he broke several laws at once.Who's to say he won't do it again?Three strikes and your out.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  358. Kate

    Completely fair, he could of killed somebody if he had not run into a tree.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  359. Thomas

    I think he deserved it because he broke several laws in a short period of time.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
  360. Luis

    I think it's not fare he shoud just get his licence suspended, accidents happen and everyone will drink and drive at one point.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
  361. james

    the judge went way to far i think he sould of went back to driving school and gone to rehab plus a breatalizer put in his car for a few years so he can't get behind the wheel drunk.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  362. Jerry

    I think its reasonable because he could have killed other people in the wreck and plus he was driving probably drunk and was driving on a suspended license.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  363. jimmy

    i think that the judges is right you know because he knowed he wasn't suppose to be driving he did any way and was at a party with alcohol and could have killed him and his friends.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  364. kacie

    I think the judge was doing the right thing he shouldn’t deserve to have his license. If he already got in trouble before then he shouldn’t get them back but I still think he should of banded him form driving or if caught they should put him in prison for a long time. He should have learned he should get a bigger punishment.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  365. BRIAN

    he had a 2nd chance and messed it up so he should learn to start walking long periods at a time.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  366. Mustang

    His punishment was too harsh. He should serve time in jail or probation. People can learn from their mistakes.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  367. Julie

    He's lucky to have his license taken away. How many people lose their LIVES from reckless driving? Too many...This punishment should be considered a blessing to the teen and other drivers. Ignorance should not be allowed on the road

    March 8, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  368. Hannah

    I think that the teen should have been punished, maybe not to this severity though. Personally, I think that he should have had his license revoked for a period of time, not for life though.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  369. Ruthann

    I think that this punishment is fair to the driver. He is a hazard to himself and others as long as he will not follow the rules. His license was previously suspended so he had his warning, now he must face the consequences.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  370. Amanda

    I think that if he gets his license taken away then a lot more people would have to get theirs taken away too because there is a lot more people that do the same thing. The judge did take it too far and just because he took it away in Rhode Island he could go to another state.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  371. kenneth

    yes my good sir i very well do so believe he did not deserve his punishmen. kids should be able to have fun too good sir

    March 8, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  372. Wyatt

    I believe that he deserved his punishment. I believe so because he had been drinking and he already had a suspended license.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  373. Kristy

    I think the punishment was fair. If he was driving drunk on a suspended license, and he is not following the laws and he will break the driving laws again.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  374. Patricia

    I think that the judge may have gone a little too far but I also believe that he was keeping in mind the lives of other people. He has already shown he was a careless driver if he was already driving without a license to begin with. Plus this is his second offense with driving.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  375. Calil

    I believe the jude was a 100 percent right on the matter because teens die of those types of conditions. Teens have a
    habit of fitting in and speeding and drinking is one of the things why they try to be amongs the crowd. Also he had a suspended lincese already. Did he learn from his mistakes, apperantly not he still playing and want to fit with his friends and do the bad deeds instead of the good ones.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  376. Christina

    I can understand why the judge is being so strict about this situation. I think that 10 years would serve this situation better than a life time of license lose this time. If the person does it again in his 10 year suspension then a life time license lose would be a good punishment.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  377. Rachel

    I think the punishment went a little too far. He should have got his license suspended until he was 21 not forever. He should have been more responsible with his actions.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  378. tyler

    i think he should not have his license suspended indefedently i would rather him go to prison for some time to think about what he has done

    March 8, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  379. Valerie

    I do not think that he should have his license permanently suspended. Everybody messes up and half the adults that have been involved in an accident don't recieve that harsh of a punishment. I'm not trying to make an excuse just because he's a teenager either. If your human your going to make mistakes.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  380. Charlie

    I personally think he got what he deserved. He was driving with a suspended license and was driving recklessly. People who make these mistakes are more likely to make worse ones as they get older. Someone could get killed by his driving. Looking at the wreckage, he is lucky that no one was killed in this wreck.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  381. Travis

    I think the judge's ruling was fair. He shouldn't be able to get a license in any state if he's going to keep crashing cars. He should maybe consider taking some AA classes as well. Maybe more states should consider this punishment.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  382. Kristen

    The man that did this deserved the punishment the judge gave him. Obviously the state didn’t want him which was why the judge issued the suspension only for the state of Rhode Island. The judge knew he had his whole life ahead of him so either he has to move or get in shape

    March 8, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  383. Tiesha

    REALLY? He should have spent a year or two in jail? Losing his license isn’t going to ruin his life. Now if he was to go to jail for a year of two, he’d miss out on a lot of school. Come on guys use your head here. I honestly think the punishment was a little too harsh, but that’s my opinion. He is a teen he shouldn’t have been drinking at all. Not only did he put his life in danger but he also put the lives of others in danger as well. He should have been giving 5-10 years of probation, 500 hours of community service and license suspended for 15 years. Anything is better than getting his licensed suspended forever. That’s how I feel

    March 8, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  384. Michael

    i agree with the judge because he already had his licence revoked he crashed and to top it of he was driving drunk.So going to jail for a year or to and losing his licence forever is good punishment.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  385. Michael

    i agree with the judge because he already had his licence revoked he crashed and to top it of he was driving drunk.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  386. Chandelle

    The judge made the right decision by punishing the teen to this severity and making an example of him. After all, he did endanger his friends and his own life. He knew what he was doing and now it won't happen again.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  387. Ashlee

    I find the judge’s decision to be too harsh for the crime committed. Had people been killed in the accident, this punishment could be a little more understandable. Mistakes happen though, and I imagine the teenager learned a good lesson just from realizing how risky decisions can affect him and others around him. I think a more reasonable and fair punishment would have been to simply suspend the boy's license. I would guess that this alone would persuade the teenager to think twice before making rash choices again.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  388. Jorge

    I think that the punishment was unnecessary for the teenager because everybody makes mistakes in some point in life .I think that the teenager should have been punished with some community service ,and should have been in jail for some days.His license should have not been suspended for life ,because most people make mistakes in young age.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  389. Josh

    A license that is permanently suspended is to long for anyone. I understand that he has done something very bad but a more reasonable suspension would of been more appropriate, such as until the age of 50 or so when he is moer grown up and more responsible.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  390. Destiney

    I think that the judge went too far with his decision of taking away the teenagers license for life. Everyone, no matter how old you are has accidents. I don’t think it is fair because he is not the first to do that and probably won’t be the last.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  391. Cody

    I think he should do time in jail for what he did. It was a dumb Idie to drank and drive. Why would you dranking and driving,

    March 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  392. Carter

    I think this punishment is a good one for what he did. If you drink under age that is a crime alone but drinking and driving is a good way to die. That Is insane, what were they thinking. That's the problem; they weren't thinking. They should be in jail. That's all I have to say about that.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  393. Jesse

    I think that he should get his license took away because he got Drunk and crashed and you are not supposed to drink while you are driving. You can only drink at home if you're old enough. Plus he is only a teenager so I'ts worse. And he got in trouble many of times before that.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  394. luke

    i think this kid deserves it because he fen did it

    March 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  395. Jessica

    I can see both ways. He had a second chance and he blew it but… a permanently revoked license? That may be a little extreme. I think he should be unable to get his license until he’s 21. Then only if he proves to be a safe driver after then, should he be able to get his license again.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  396. Brooke

    I think the punishment was a little too harsh for the young teenager. The teenager should have got his license taken for a few years and a lot of community service but if he was to keep getting in trouble then I think that is fair if he continues.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  397. Violeta

    I think it is fair because he should not be driking and driving. I think all people should know that. He also injuried himself and his friends in the crash.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  398. Andrew

    I think that he shouldn't have his license revoked permanently but he should be arrested for driving while having a suspended license and I think he should have his license suspended for a year or 2. I also thing he needs to go to rehab if he is an alcoholic but if he is not then he shouldn't. Because he's only a teenager and everyone makes dumb decisions sometimes just some people more often than others.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  399. Jordin

    I think the judge went a little far. Driving while intoxicated IS bad, but losing your license for life is a bit much. I think he shouldn't be given his license until his attitude changes and he quits drinking.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  400. Noah

    I think that the they did the right thing to the teanger by takeing his license away from him for life because the boy has to learn some displien in his life.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  401. Nicholas

    I don't think it is right to revoke the license permanently. A mistake in life should not be permanently revoked. he should do community services, not be able to drive for ever. In conclusion he should do work not have to never drive again but maybe the judge trying to set an example.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  402. Alyssa

    I think the judge should have put him in jail for life.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  403. Jaxon

    Freaking wow. They could have hurt an inncocent family that was just driving. That would have freaking hurt them. Somebody could have died. I think this is garbage. Wow, real mature.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  404. javier

    will in my pint of view they are wrong because when you are young all you is get funn with your homeboys i dont know if you feel me but that what i think it

    March 8, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  405. Dominique

    I think that the punishment was necessary because the teenager had done it before and his license was suspended prior to the party, and the teenager also could have easily killed innocent people. Plus the the teenager can drive in all other 49 states. Rhode Island is the only state that his license has suspended in. Overall, the judge did make a good choice of suspending his license.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  406. Aquil

    I think that the judge should have suspended the license for a few years and forced the teen to complete community service hours and take courses to enhance his driving mentality. He could also send the teen to rehab for possible substance abuse.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  407. Gloris

    I do agree with revoking the license... but to take it away for life is going way too far.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  408. christina

    i believe that they went a little to far with the punishment they should have just made him got o jail and serve time since he can go on to another state and cause violence thier he should have benn treated more like a child since his actions were childish

    March 8, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  409. samantha

    I think it was unfair because he was only a teenager and it wasn't like he was running from the police.The worst he should get is his licence suspended for a year.Maybe two.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  410. Tanner

    I dont agree with the decision because even though he was doin the wrong thing they shouldnt suspend his licence permanately. Ever teen looks forward to driving. the decision is to extreme. He should have a penalty but not this extreme.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  411. Rolando

    Yes I do think it is necessary for the teen to never get the his drivers license again because he could have hurt somebody else while speeding. The court said he can never get his license in Rhoad Island; but he can move to another state and get one.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  412. Jacob

    To me I think that the punishment dos not fit the crime. I also think that the punishment should be that he shouldnt be alowed to have any alchohol around or behind the wheel, and/or to not drive late at night alone.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  413. mya

    I think it's fare to get his taking away and never any where again

    March 8, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  414. mason

    yes his licence should be supended for life because who crashes in to a tree come on

    March 8, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  415. EMILY

    NO for 1 hes really young and everybody deserves a second chance !!!!!!:):):):):)

    March 8, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
    • Emily

      He had a second chance... and he blew it.

      March 8, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  416. Hannah

    I think that it is fair because the guy would learn a lesson.And he should of not drank at the party.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  417. Alyssa

    The judge was right he was probably drinking. I mean a car like that can't drive itself.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  418. Kaylee

    they should do that cause it6 is the right thing to do but i do think they should give him a second chance

    March 8, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  419. Pierce and Sam

    We don't think it was fair because he is very young and he deserves a second chance. You should at most take it away for 5 years or so because he will probably learn his lesson and drive a lot more careful.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  420. ZANE

    The crime to me was not judged fairly because he is only a teenager and accidents happen. So there for the ruling should be over turned

    March 8, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  421. Kayla

    I belive the punishment is fair. He should not of been drinking and driving in the first place let alone on a suspended licences. the suspencion shouldnt of just of been in Rhode Island though. if he had multiple offences it should be band in all states. matbe then this will get word across eveyones mind better that the should be no tolerence for this.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
    • Andrew

      I agree he shouldn't have been drinking and driving or driving with a licens supension.

      March 8, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  422. Brooke

    I think the judge was trying to make an example out of this teenager, which could end up helping other teenagers in the future. Although it's harsh, I think it's appropriate for the situation. This teenager's behavior is completely unacceptable.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  423. Gracie

    I think it is fair because he already got a warning and then he messed up the second time and he needs to learn his lesson to NEVER EVER drive after drinking.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  424. Larry

    The judge should have suspended his license for 2 to 3 years because even adults drink and drive. You don't see the judges suspending their licenses for life. So, teenagers shouldn't be treated any different.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  425. Jackson

    I think it was not fair because everyone deserves a second chance and if he is only 15-19 that is still a little young to get his drivers license taken away and I just think the judge was a little harsh and he must not take second chances.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  426. George

    I personally think it dose not matter what the judge does the kid has all ready proven that he dose not listen to rules. If i were the judge i would of put the kid behind bars for one year and given em $10,000 fine and made him take AA classes for being underage and i would of also have revoked his licenses for severl more years not for the rest of his life.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  427. jeannine

    i think it may have been a little harsh, but he can't go crashing cars into trees all the time! he could kill himself! that is why it was harsh, but it needed to happen.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  428. Brandy

    This is a tough call because the teen was ALREADY being punished for a prior incident. If I were the judge, I would have gone with a LONG suspension, some community service, and then reviewed the teens progress when he turned 21. At that point, he could make the decision to suspend longer or reward him for making good changes in his life.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  429. Emily

    I think this punishment was appropriate for the situation. This was his second chance. Luckily, no one died this time. But what about next time? He could kill many people! I think the judge did the right thing.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  430. whitney

    I think it is fair because he got caught DRUNK while DRIVING the first time and the second time he did the exact same thing but this time he injured all three of his friends so I think that he should NEVER EVER GET HIS LICENSE

    March 8, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  431. whitney

    WHY he lives in Road Island

    March 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  432. Samuel

    Yes and no, he was doing the complete wrong thing, but he also didn't have the chance to fix his mistakes.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  433. logan

    yes and no, he should be punished but the judge took it to far and he didnt have time to fix his problem

    March 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  434. Kassandra

    I am glad he got his license taken away, he could have killed the people that was in the car with him and himself, if he was smart you would have planed to call someone to come pick him up, and he had a second chance to get his license back but he completely blew it by going to a party and almost killing the people that was in the car with him.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  435. Sierra

    I think that the driver deserves to have his license suspended for life. If he wants to be able to drive when he's older ( and more responsible ) he just has to move to a different state.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  436. Michael

    I think the punishment waas a little too harsh. The driver should've gotten his/her license taken away for a couple of years and maybe pay a fine, but the judge shouldn't have taken it away for life.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  437. James

    I think that it was not fair that they took his driver license and I think that he can get a second chance.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  438. Nestor

    We suffered many fatal accidents due to irresponsibly teenagers driving cars recently in my country (Argentine). I think the punishment must be strong, if not permanently, it could be suspended some years.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  439. Bryce

    i think he should get onther chance but he got in trouble before, and now he has to face his punishment.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  440. Seth

    I think the judge made the right choice, the person was already on a suspended license, you are supposed to learn from your mistakes not do the same thing over again.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  441. Kristin

    I think this punishment is appropriate because he will learn his lesson and might be able to get a license in another state.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  442. Kaylyn

    I kind of agree with the judge because the teen was being reckless and driving. Not to mention he had alcohol in the car and he had friends with him, but i think that he should be able to try to get that previlege back later on in life. i lost my brother in a car accident so im not ok with drinking and driving, texting and driving or anything like that, because i know what its like to lose a loved one in a car accident and i would never want anyone to feel that pain or be responsible for someone feeling that kind of pain

    March 8, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  443. Ty'Shauna

    I don't think it was fair for the judge to evoke the teens license forever just because of his one accidents and the many other teen accidents behind those. I feel like because of that one accident the teen has he is taking out all of his anger on that one teen and telling him, "No more driving for you sir."

    To me that is truly unfair and anyways just because he won't be able to drive in Rhode Island he can always go to another state to get his license.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  444. Abby

    The teen shouldn't have fully lost his license forever. Someone who gets in a car wreck while they are drinking and driving and kill someone else doesn't fully lose their license. The teen didn't kill anyone, only injured himself and three others. His license should have been suspended until he was 21 or older, but not fully lost. It wasn't really fair. Wrecks happen all the time and people are killed in them, but the person who caused it doesn't always get what they deserve. The news report needs to tell if he was drinking or drunk while driving.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  445. brittany

    I agree with how they punished him. He has to learn his lesson. He's 17 and has already had his license suspended so he has had a second chance. He was under the influence so he shouldn't have been driving and he's under age. He could have killed those people in the car and could have killed people around hit by hitting them not the tree!

    March 8, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  446. Khalil

    I agree with this sentencing. Too many teenagers die each year because of recklessness and get off too easily and without much punishment. This case defines that there should be no special privilege for younger drivers; every licensed motor vehicle operator should abide by the law at all times. If not, punishment is imminent. Also, being that he had prior charges, he obviously doesn't deserve a license. Therefore, this is a viable reason for the permanent suspension of his license.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  447. Kristyn

    In some ways I think that the judge was to hard and in some ways he wasnt. I think he was to hard because that was an extreme for something like that and i dont think that it will make that much of an example. I think that teenagers will be like ohe Im not going to lose mine because i drive good when im drunk and they are just going to do what they want. I think it was a great idea because now you dont have to worry about it happening again with that person. It was a pretty bad crash and it injured to many. I understand that there are to many teen crashes so in a way this was a good idea.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  448. Jesse

    i personally feel that the teen did deserve the penalty that was assigned to him. i say this because when there are so many different accedents (as they say) then they needed to make an example out of someone. unfortunately for this particular teen, he was the one who had the state make an example out of, however if he wasnt having any distractions upon him while driving, he would not have had any accedents and he wouldnt have been the one made to make the example to other teens.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  449. Alex

    I think that he deserves to get his licence taken away from him because
    he injured 3 other people in the process. But I think that the judge came down on him a little to hard.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  450. Lillian

    I believe the judge should have chosen a different punishment. The teen should not have been doing the illegal and dangerous things he was doing. I believe he should be severly punished but I do not think that taking his license away forever was the right choice. Maybe he could have his license taken away for a very long time to teach him a lesson. I think that woould be more fair. I do agree with the judge on that he wants to protect everyone.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  451. cheyenne

    i think there are other ways to punish people who drink and drive. this teen's punishment should be rehibilitation. if i were him i would keep driving any ways in rebellion.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  452. Lindsey

    I think that what the Judge did was fair. It was said that at the time the teens license was suspended, he was driving wrecklessly, and he posessed alcohol. All of this together is not a good mix and therefore he deserved the punishment he got. The judge is trying to prevent other teens from being involved in the same kind of crash, that takes lives from people. He is following something called the greatest good. Sure, this teen's punishment may be a little harsh but by invoking this form of punishment, he is illustrating to teens how serious this wreckless driving is and the serious punishments you will recieve. This could be the very thing that causes teens to think before driving wrecklessly or drinking and driving.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  453. leroy

    I think that it is way to harsh to take a students driving privledges away for life because later on when he grows up how is he going to get to work or school? He shouldn't get away spot free but at least take it for like a year or two not for the rest of his life.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  454. Lindsey

    So, what your saying is that we should encourage the reckless behavior of teens and that we should not try to prevent further accidents involving teens from happening?

    March 8, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
    • Marley

      No lindsey we are not encouraging teens to get there driving license taken away. We are trying to tell teens that you should not drink under age and to be super careful when you are driving.

      March 10, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
    • Hillarie

      We should NOT ignore that! I had never heard of anyone having their license evoked, but I guess in this guy's case, "the punishment has fit the crime."

      March 11, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
  455. Megan

    I think the judge gave a too harsh of a judgement. The judge focused on the overall teen accidents in Rhode Island instead of that one kid's case. I think he put to much of his own opinion on the judgement instead of fair judgement. I think the kid shouldn't lose his license for the rest of his life, i think he should get it back when he becomes of age ,or a few years from now.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  456. Claire

    I think the judge made the right decision. When there are drunk drivers on the road its a threat to not only the drunk drivers themselves, but to the other divers on the road as well. Punishing these people will not only teach the teens that made the wrong choice a lesson but, will also keep the road safer.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  457. Iliana

    I think the judge should have suspended his license, but not for ever! People make mistakes but that doesn't mean they can't change. It would have been better to suspend his license for a couple of months to teach him a lesson. If you think about it there are a lot of crashes caused by texting while driving and it is not just teenagers who do it, adults do it to.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  458. Ikram

    I think it went way too far because if they past the test they pass it. Plus they should have done something like give them a ticket. But he should always remember that we have the bill of rights and we have to follow them like my teacher says.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  459. Sam

    Both ways are correct. He did do what was wrong, but the lisence shouldn't have been taken away permanently. The teen needed to correct his mistake to prove he was worthy to drive. The judge needed to take in the fact that he's still young and learning.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  460. blayne

    I think the judges opinion was not fare.He is still young and wont be able to drive.I think he should have at least got a second chance.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  461. Jahn

    It was excessive. I think his punishment should have been a one-year suspension of his license.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  462. Kinzie

    I think that the penalty fits the crime because it was wrong. He put himself and others in danger. In the long-run it will effect him getting a job and being a productive member of society.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • Stephen

      yes but he could learn the same thing from 1 year

      March 8, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  463. Alexis

    I think it's way to harsh because everyone makes mistakes

    March 8, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  464. katie

    i believe the judge did the right thing, he got a warning then disobeyed the laws so its his fault, the judge made the right choice for others safety

    March 8, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  465. Christopher

    this punishment doesnt fit the crime. the judge went way to far on that. i mean i understand that he was at a party with drinking but not once did they say he was intoxicated. i also understand that he was driving on a sespended lisence.they should give him 15 years at the most.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  466. donovan

    I think it is far if he lives there

    March 8, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  467. Dustin

    Underage drinking is a serious crime. However permanently suspending his license was not needed. or a year should have been enough with community service. If one of the passengers was fatally injured however it would be a different story.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  468. Zariyra

    The ruling was fair, if that foolish teen put their life and the lives of others than he shouldn't have the opportunity to do that again.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • Zangel

      I agree:D!

      March 8, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  469. Micah

    I think that the revoking of the license is fair, because no one with a license should be DRIVING INTO A TREE!!! especially not with passengers, it really sucks for the teen but it is their fault.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  470. Zangel

    I think he that the penalty fits the crime.this would show other reckless teens that think they can't get away with not following the law and getting drunk and endangering others lives and hurting a tree.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  471. Adam

    I think the punishment was harsh a lot of people drink and drive but they don't get there driving license taken a way. they just get a night in jail and in the morning they go home.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  472. William

    The punishment does fit the crime but why not just Rode Island. Why not the whole entire United States?

    March 8, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  473. Joey

    I think he shouldn't plenty of people do the same thing they should just get fined.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  474. Lance

    I think that it was perfectly fine to revoke his license. He was a repeat offender. He had already had chances to change his behavior but he didn't.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  475. Aj

    I think no because he did break 3 or 4 laws but it could have been 2 or 3 years, but he did do a lot of things the worst was drinking and driving so I agree and disagree.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  476. Shane

    I say the judge went way to far because you have to remember that stuff like this happens almost every single day (I mean drinking and driving) in every state, so I think it was not right to take them away for ever.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  477. Kenny

    i think he went to far but the kid was drunk, under age drinking, had a suspened license, and had 3 drunk friends coming from a party so i think did deseve it but the judge could have had him go about 10 years or something to teach him a lesson because he can just go outside the border and get his licenese in a different state

    March 8, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  478. Alexis

    I believe it's a good punishment because he put himself and others in danger. He is old enough to know not to be drunk driving, he could have killed those other three people. He is lucky he didn't kill the other passengers because his penalty would have been worse maybe jail.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  479. Amber

    I think that it is perfectly acceptable to revoke his license permanently. He should have learned the first time. He easily could have killed himself, his passengers, or any person on the street. He is lucky to be alive. And if he had been drinking he should have called for a ride or had someone come get him and his friends.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  480. Daviontae

    I think the license should have been suspended for 4 years and he should pay for injuries, tickets, etc.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  481. Chris

    I think he should have a few days in jail. All humans make mistakes. He should be able to have his life back in a couple of years

    March 8, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  482. Andrew

    i think the judge went to extreams with the ruling i think he should have made it only six months to a year maybe.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  483. Tahlia

    I think this is a great punishment and he needs to learn. He has been given plenty of chances to get it together. Maybe after a few years he can regain his license.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  484. Stephen

    I do agree with this, but there should be a law that precisely specifies the intensity and the amount of penalties that require the revocation of someones license.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  485. Jordan

    Wat if that was adult the judge wouldn't suspend there license they would just charge them for DUI. He should be treated just like adult. If he wanna do adult things.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  486. Jasmyne

    I think it is appropriate for his case. He was doing several things that were illegal. If you are not capable of driving, then don't drive.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  487. Ryan

    The punishment is totally necessary because if you reck a car you are responsible.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  488. Kalee

    That is so fair if he drives again he might do the same thing so that is fair he should not drive no more

    March 8, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  489. mikey

    I think he should'nt get his liscense banned FOREVER he should get it banned for 15-20 years and have to do time in jail, becuase he was driving recklessly and driving with a suspended license – which means he'd broken laws before.He was also speeding and injured the other passengers and if 15-20 years and doing jail time is'nt bad enough he also has what he has done on his permanent record and that will affect him badly when he goes to try and get a job.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  490. Victorie

    I think that the punishment was justified. He shouldn't have been driving after drinking alcohol, and really he shouldn't have been driving at all. I guess if he wants to drive so bad, he'll have to move somewhere else.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  491. Seth

    I think that there is definitely a need to crack down on teens for reckless driving so as to prevent accidents but I think the velocity of this punishment may have been to large. To play devils advocate if this kid got this large of a punishment is that fair to him and his parents considering that others with identical cases got lesser sentences?

    March 8, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  492. sherman

    first off he was drinking while driving. he also was to young to drink.also he was driving on a suspended licsense.so honestly i think the punishment was fair.also it said no driving just in rhode island,so he could just move to another state.the judge should have been more specific.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  493. Lizzy

    I think the judge did the right thing because if this kid had gone against the law in the past then it mot likely will happen again

    March 8, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  494. Jazzlyn

    Yes, the punishment fits the crime because you are responsible for other people with you. Also, the teenager should get the licsense taken for a certain amount of years, and after that he will know his lesson.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  495. Vanessa

    I think the punishment fits the crime, it is time for teenagers to know that driving is a privilege and they are not the only ones who use the roads.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  496. Rhianna

    I realize we are all human beings and we all make wrong decisions, but if you really think about it he could have killed someone. Revoking his license for the rest of his life was a little overboard and 10-20 years. he can move to different state and get his license, but it just seemed like the judge was too harsh.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  497. Joey

    The judge wen't to far but at the same time not this is his second driving defense, but he's still young not every one will be perfect and the third time's the charm so maybe he learned by this tragedy.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  498. Gracianna

    I think that he should have them taken away but not forever because when he gets older he could be more responsible.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  499. Gordon

    I think Te Judge went To Far Because There Is No Need To Do All That. Because Its Not Like He Killed The Other Teens Or Anything. I Think The Judge Should Just Put Him In Jail For A Couple Months Because He Was Driving With a Suspended License.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  500. andrew

    i think the juge went a little to far he is just a teenager they should let him do a divers test and if he do it again suspend is lisen

    March 8, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  501. Donnikka

    I think that the judge should suspend his license cause he broke the law by driving on a suspend license

    March 8, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  502. shemar

    i think the judge was right because teenagers should learn their lesson

    March 8, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  503. Justiana

    -I Think That The Judge Did Go A Little To Far Because He Is Only A Teenager & Everybody Makes Mistakes.
    I Think He Should Get His License Suspended Until He Is Responsible Enough!-

    March 8, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  504. Colleena

    In my Opinion it's fair because he'd already been warned once but he still decided to drive with the suspended license, coming from a party with alcohol and he could've injured the 3 other people in the car.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  505. william

    i don,t think it fair cause the judge don,t make since i wonder how do u now how he was drinking

    March 8, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  506. Dejaniece

    I know the judge went to far. Because the judge doesn't know If the teenager was drinking.But if the teenager was drinking.You should give him 2 years Because the teenagers car speed was really fast and the car was just damaged.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  507. tima

    i think the judge made the right choice by suspending his license because they were already suspended in the first place and it seems fair

    March 8, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  508. Zuzan

    I think the judge went to far because it's only the teenagers second time, if I was the judge I would wait til the third time, but I would still take the license away for a few months.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  509. Peyton

    i dont think thats fair because everyone gets drunk and drive at the same time and he is the only person to not get his lisence back if alot of other people didnt?

    March 8, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  510. antonio

    I think he got what he got he should not be driving he knows it if i was the jug i wouldent let him get it back thats it

    March 8, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  511. Shawntez

    I thing the judge should but him in jail because his's licence ways already suspend. But i wasent like he killed anybody but teenagers will always teenagers

    March 8, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  512. sammie

    I think they should just take away his license for 5 to 6 years and see if he learned his lesson and if he did'nt they should suspend his license for the rest of his life in Rhode island

    March 8, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  513. Kaprisha

    I think the judge went to far the punishment does not fit the crime. The way I would have punished him is suspending his license until he has a responsible attitude and got his act together.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  514. Rachel

    I think that they're right to take it away because he already did it once you shouldn't let him go a second time or he'll just do it again.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  515. Nate

    I don`t think it was fair. I think the judge should have just suspended his license for at least another 5- 10 years. But yet again he ws driving on a suspended license and I'm not the judge so he can make what ever verdict he wants.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  516. Michael

    All because a teen got into one accident does not mean you should take the teens license away forever.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  517. Trista

    Taking away a teens drivers licence for life is a good punishment becasue if a teen is gonna act like a little kid behind the wheel then they sould be treated like a little kid when they get caught breaking the law.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  518. Marisol

    I think it is fair because most people learn from their mistakes if they don't the consequences and much greater

    March 8, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  519. Nate

    I don`t think it was fair. I think the judge should have just suspended his license for at least another 5- 10 years. But yet again he was driving on a suspended license and I'm not the judge so he can make what ever verdict he wants.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  520. Rachel

    Personally I wouldn't want to drive on the road with him on the road.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  521. Nigel

    The truth is he made a mistake. He put everyone in that vehicle in danger with arrogance to drive under the influence. It is saddening that it happened but I don’t feel his license should be suspended indefinitely.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  522. ramon

    I agree with this sentencing. Too many teenagers die each year because of recklessness and get off too easily and without much punishment. This case defines that there should be no special privilege for younger drivers; every licensed motor vehicle operator should abide by the law at all times. If not, punishment is imminent. Also, being that he had prior charges, he obviously doesn't deserve a license. Therefore, this is a viable reason for the permanent suspension of his license.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  523. tristin

    i think thats stupid to do because then how are teens going to learn how to drive.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  524. lukas

    I think its unfair because imagine what this guys life is going to be like when he grows up to be 40 and he has to depend on his wife or his son to drive him.I think the judge went way to far since the kid ran into a tree

    March 8, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  525. Trista

    Taking away a teens drivers license perminantly for life is a good punishment because if a teen is gonna act like a little kid behind the wheel of a car, then they should be treated like a little kid when they are cought breaking the law.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  526. Alaina

    I think his punishment was suited for his act. He shouldn't have been driving coming back from a party that had alcohol. He probably knew the risks for driving drunk.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  527. miya

    I think the judge is okay with doing that the teen ager had warnings and now he should learn his lesion before other get more hurt.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  528. monica

    I think the judge went to far.You could have taken if till he's ready.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  529. Rachel

    I do not think this teen should have his license taken away permanently. Later on in life, he might be wiser and regret his decision. I think his license should be taken just for a long period of time. Hopefully by then, he will have learned his lesson. Many teenagers do stupid stuff. But how is he supposed to learn if he can't try again.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  530. jacob

    i do agree because he was drinking and driving plus he had a suspicioned license.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  531. katriel

    you should just suspend him from his drivers licenses for 3 or 4 years yes he put people in danger but you don't
    have to ruin his life forever just let him get responsible enough to earn it back.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  532. Nafeesa

    I agree with the judge's decision completely. Some teens think they are an exception to the law, and that could get them killed. The teen was already under license suspension, so I believe this was a fitting punishment. Risking the teens life and his friends' lives is totally unsafe and wrong.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  533. colton

    I think he should get his license took but get it back in 10-20 years.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  534. robert

    i think that he should have gotten his license suspended for a limited time only not for life but a year or two not for life. he also could have gotten community service for a month or two

    March 8, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  535. jarrod

    I think he should be suspended from his license forever because he damaged that tree and he should be locked up for being drunk and driving

    March 8, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  536. cambria

    Its his fault that he crashed and injured his friends. He does deserve to be punished.The teen should be punished but should also be given another chance. He can't learn from his mistakes if he isn't given another chance.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  537. Kaytlynn

    I think it is unfair to give him a life time because now he can't get a job or go places.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  538. Rachel

    He broke two laws number one he was drinking before he got in the car two he crashed his car and almost killed his friends . Would you want him on the road?

    March 8, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  539. Brooke

    I Think what the judge did was fair. I don't think it was necessarily right. Because, he could've just make his suspense longer or something. But, When you do something wrong and you have already punished you should know better, and not keep doing the same thing over and over again.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  540. lukas

    I think this is a unfair punishment because it wasn't a soever problem.His life is ruined because hes going to have to count on his wife son or the bus to take him where he needs to go thats far away

    March 8, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  541. Eric

    I understand he has to take the penalty but getting your drivers license taken away permanently is just way too far because you'll need for future purposes.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  542. Snoopy

    I think it is absulutley nessasary because he needs to learn his lesson for driving on a suspendid and after a party with beer .

    March 8, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  543. jacob

    I think that the judge made the wrong decision because 100's of other people have done the same thing before.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  544. Traciie

    I see where the judge is coming from when he suspend the teenager license,because we all know drunk driving is way out of line but then you have to put your self in the teenager shoes,and think ,if that was you,would of want another chance even through that was your second time we all make mistakes.Over all the judge should just gave him 2 years in jail and suspend his license for 4 years.He would of really learn a lesson then !

    March 8, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  545. jashanna

    i think the judge went to far by suspend his license. & i understand that he was a reckless driver but it was not like he killed a couple people & i also think that he should get a positive punishment like send him to jail for a couple of months & thats how i feel about this.. 🙂

    March 8, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  546. Kali

    I don't think he should have had his license suspended for life. I think it would have been better if he had it revoked for 4-5 years.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  547. Josh

    Permanetly thats not right to have it taken away permanetly its just unfair but like they said "only in Rhode Island' if that was me i would move to another stae cause that is just unfair if i were the Governer I would make it a year 10 months to a year cause he can learn from his mistake and thats all i have to say about the subject.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  548. Stephen

    i think that it was to harsh, it should have been 1 year because by then he should have learned and if he didn't THEN he would get his license removed

    March 8, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  549. shaniya

    i think he went to far i mean no more license he went way to far

    March 8, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  550. Karina

    Heck yes he deseved it, He drinks and drives using a suspended license, he shouldn't deserve to drive again.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  551. Abby

    He was at a party that had alcohol and he isn't old enough to drink let alone drink and then drive,
    therefore the the judge's decison to take his liscence away permenatly is reasonable.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  552. Lexi

    If he's already driving on a suspeneded license, then how is a permantant one going to hlep? By driving on a suspended license, by driving drunk, and however he got his his license suspended the first time, he has proved three times that he is a dangerous driver. I think that the punishment should go to at least a year or so in jail.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  553. Destany

    I think it's good his license is being revoked forever. He was driving drunk, he was driving on a suspended llicense, and he had friends in the car. It would teach him a lesson for doing that, because if you didn't he would just keep driving. Then he would think that what he was doing was right. Revoking his license was agood thing , because he could of hurt someone else on the road, or even one of his friends.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  554. joel

    it was way to much no one needs that much

    March 8, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  555. Leah

    Finally someone who's not afraid to be strict with these teens! Lets hope this sends a message to others!!

    March 8, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  556. Lindsey

    I think it is reasonable to be punished for life because what if he has more accidents and causes people to die? He doesn't need to put the people on the road's life in danger for his careless mistakes. If he wants to get in to trouble and not follow the rules then that is on himself.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  557. Jimmy

    I think the judge's decision was right due to the fact that unlike this teenager, numerous teens around the country who have got in drunk driving accidents just get a warning, but repeat the crime again. A statement had to be made to stop this.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  558. Elijah

    It was too harsh because what if that happened to you? You would be devastated so give the man some consideration.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  559. Patricia

    I think the license ban was right because he had two chances. it would be like letting a killer out of prison.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  560. Luther

    He was driving with a suspended license already and he was also drunk. That says that he does not care anything and thinks he can do whatever he wants regardless of who he is putting in danger. If that's his attitude then he really does not deserve to have a license. Driving is not a right but is a privilage.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  561. Larissa

    I don't believe that permanent license supension was the right way to handle the situation. While driving recklessly is dangerous to the driver and the community, he is just a kid. Children are determined to make mistakes in the process of growing up. This mistake he made as a child, will affect him severely when he becomes and adult. I think his license should have been taken away until he is mature enough to handle driving.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  562. Zeke

    I think that scence he is so young he shouldn't get such a harsh punishment, im not saying that he should get off the hock im just saying hes a kid and he shouldn't of done it but he should be able to get off the hock

    March 8, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  563. Ambria

    Yes, I completely agree that his license should be revoked for life. He could've killed his friends, AND his license was suspended anyway. Would you want kids to be learning from him, thinking its cool to do that sort of thing? He should've knew better than planning to drive himself home after drinking, anyway.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  564. Madison

    I think he deserved the punishment the judge gave him. He was already on probation from breaking the law before. He blew his second chance. If the judge was to give him the ok to drive again, he could not only endanger his life, but the lives of many others like he did before.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  565. Mike

    I believe that his license should be revoked because he was drinking, which was against the law for anyone underage, and he was also DUI. This is an appropriate punishment, because anything more lenient would encourage underage DUI.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  566. Megan

    I think it is fair because he already has done something else to get his license revoked. He would probably have killed many more people if they didn't take it away.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  567. Tyler

    This is the perfect punishment because he was both underage drinking and drinking under the influence. Anything less harsh would almost be encouraging of underage drinking and DUI.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  568. Joel

    I think that the judge did the right thing. He was drinking and driving with a license that was already suspended. I don't think he should be allowed to drive in any state. He should probably go to jail for the crime.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  569. Danny

    I think the punishment fits the crime perfectly. This teen obviously did not learn his lesson the first time. maybe now he knows what he did wrong, but if not he may just get into trouble again. being careless when it comes to driving means putting other innocent lives at risk. it will be difficult for this teen to drive ever again,

    March 8, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  570. Isabel

    I think the guy got what he deserved because he wasn't supposed to be driving in the first place. It's sort of like when my videogames get taken away, and I play them anyway.....I get grounded from them even longer.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  571. Eleanor

    I think that it was o.k to take away the licince but I think he should be able to earn his licince back too.But it was against the law but I think it was the best punishment for a teen who is,even though he knows not to,is drunk-drivig for the second time.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  572. Melissa

    I think the judge made a fair decision since his license was already suspended. Plus, underage drinking AND a suspended license were involved the second time. YOU GO JUDGE!

    March 8, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  573. david

    I think it is fair because he already had a second chance and he blew it!

    March 8, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  574. Matthew

    I think it was fair. He was driving drunk with a suspended license. It is his own fault for driving!!!

    March 8, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  575. Lucy

    I think it was reosonable ,but the judge did not think if he moves to a differnt state he can get a new licens.Aloso make shure not to drive drunk and make shure his licens is not expired.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  576. mimi

    I don't think that they should suspend their license. Instead the should take the car away. Yet they shouldn't move to a different state. It's not right that they suspend the license forever.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  577. Carol

    I think his license should be suspended. However not for life because the older you are the more responsible and mature you can become.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  578. Riley

    It says "A judge in Rhode Island has permanently revoked a TEENAGE driver's license." Since when are teenagers allowed to drink?!?!

    March 8, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  579. Carol

    I think was fair and he should go to jail because he is a threat to society!

    March 8, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  580. Devyn and Kaidey

    We think it's fair but the teen should be able to earn his licenses back in about 5 by doing community service. Also he should not be able to drive unless a responsible adult is also in the car with him.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  581. Riley

    I DO think that if he/she was stupid enough to do that, they should definately get their liscense suspended, HOWEVER... i believe getting it suspended FOREVER is a bit extreme!!! My parents always tell me to "learn from my mistakes." How would yoube able to learn from a mistake, that you'll never get a second shot at?

    March 8, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  582. Rachel

    I see why the judge would suspend the boy's license for life. But if he was driving with his license suspended anyway, what would keep him from driving with his license suspended for life? I think that the judge should have put him in jail. He was driving under the influence and he was speeding. Those are not a good combination. Since he already had his license suspended how did the judge know, even if the boy promised that he wouldn't do it again, that he wouldn't? So I think that the punishment should have been a little more firm and not just having his license suspended for life.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  583. Maddie

    I think that he deserved that punishment. He had an oppurtunity to fix it and he blew it. He has been in trouble before and not punishing him would just encourage that behavior. We don't need crazy drivers going around endangering the lives of others.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  584. Troy

    I think the judge made the right decision in taking away his license. He doesn't deserve to be allowed on the road if he's going to be irresponsible. It's nice to see a judge that won't tolerate teenagers that try and take advantage of the law. We shouldn't be encouraging them after they've been repeatedly punished.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  585. Josh

    I think the judge took it a little too far.He should of only got his licince tooken awaw for a like 10yr

    March 8, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  586. Sity

    i think that he should get his license should be band because he already got in trouble once and she was driving recklessly the punishment fit perfectly because he can still drive but just not in Rhode island

    March 8, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  587. Josh

    The judge took it a little to far.I think he should be able to earn his licences back in 10yrs not forever.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  588. Riley

    and if i were the kid... haha.. i would just move out of Rhode Island!!

    March 8, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  589. Riley

    if i were the kid... i would just move out of Rhode Island!!

    March 8, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  590. Lissett

    I think that the punishment is fair because, this guy could have killed innocent people. I also think that with this punishment other people can learn from it and not do the same things.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  591. lauren

    what I think is that it was so stupid to drive while recoveringfrom alcohol.
    the judge is soooooooooooo right. crashing into a tree,wrong thing to do.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  592. Raegan

    I say that he should have them taken away forever, but only permanently so he could think about what he has done. He had 3 passengers with him and they could have gotten seriously injured.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  593. Kiara

    we all know what he did was wrong but that goes to far he should be revoked until he is 18 then pay the fines, they have to realize what if they were in his shoes!!

    March 8, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  594. Caitlyn

    I think this person shouldn't be able to get their license back in any state. Not just him but anyone who breaks a driving law.. it isn't right to injure someone. What if they die because their injury it just wouldn't be fair. No drunk driving, texting and driving and no driving without a seatbelt . SAVE THE PEOPLE!

    March 8, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  595. Mackenzie

    Depending on how bad his previous charges were, they should let him get a license when he goes to college or even out of college with a job. Teens mistakes and you shouldnt be punished for life for them.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  596. Sarah

    I think the judge had every right to take away his license permanently. He should have some common sense and asked some one to drive him and his friends home. I say he got his just desserts.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  597. Emma

    I think that's way too harsh of a punishment. If the judge wants to be that harsh, just don't let him have his license for 5 years instead of for life.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  598. Kiara

    although what he did was wrong everyone makes mistakes and everyone deserves a second chance and no he doesn't have a second chance

    March 8, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  599. Alyssa

    The judge was smart to take it away from him because he should have known better than to drive on a suspended license, especially while he was underage drinking. I also think that even though the judge took it away, that was only in Rhode Island. The boy could move to another state and get it. I say take it away from him and not even let him get it back in another state.... He needs to learn from his actions!

    March 8, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  600. Conner

    We as Americans are only human and mistakes were made , alcohol rehabilitation would be a better solution

    March 8, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  601. Erik

    If he did it once, then he might do it again. Plus, he can be considered a menace to society.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  602. Kiara

    if he does it twice he will do it again you should always think before you act because he is using the i knew it was wrong but i did it anyway excuse and that is NOT ok!!!!

    March 8, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  603. Eddie

    I think the judge took it WAY too far. What is he going to do when he has a wife and kids? I know it was his second chance but he should've at least suspended it for a couple years not FOREVER. But just keep in mind ONLY Rhode Island. He could move to a different state and drive but still the hassle of having to move or not being able to drive.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  604. Erik

    He shouldn't be denied forever just about, oh say, 10-20 years or so.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  605. CJ

    There is no reason that one accident should cost somebody his or her license for the rest of their life, even if they have a record on driving. They have only one life and who wants to be banned from driving a car ever again? I wouldn't move to another state just so I could drive.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  606. Camden

    I think it was ok due to the fact of we should be stopping teens from drinking and driving. Also the teen was driving on a suspended license so it just adds to the punishments.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  607. Samantha

    He should get his act together. He should get his licence suspended but he should get it back after 50. I think he would learn his lesson by then.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  608. shelby

    I think he needs his license taken away until he is a little bit older. I think he needs his lisence later on in life because with out them....he cant go anywhere by himself or drive to work on his own,which could be a problem if noone wants to take him everywhere all of the time.I think he should get some consequenses,but this one might have been taken a liittle too far.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  609. Jordyn

    I think the judge went i little to far... the punishment should have been atleast a year. Maybe even two.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  610. Joslynn

    I think this is a good punishment. The teen could have not only killed him and his passengers, but also the drivers around him. If he can't be responsible and cautious then he certainly shouldn't be driving. This is a huge punishment, but its going to protect him and the people around him,

    March 8, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  611. Ify

    I think this kid made terrible action in driving with a suspended licence. The judge just may have overreacted though. Instead, I'd suspend it for around 10-15 years. Long enough for him to have learned his lesson. I mean you can't really go places through bus forever, can you? That just builds up money spent.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  612. Colleen

    That punishment was a good one. Since that teenager had his license revoked before, it is a good thing that he gets it taken away now. He should have been more careful, and i definitely think the punishment fits the crime! That teenager shouldn't be allowed on the road, maybe even ever again, even in a different state!

    March 8, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  613. Harold

    I think there should be a punishment but not for that long. he should get his licence taken away for at least 10 years or go to jail for 5 years. Unless he killed somone in the process he should have the chance to drive.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  614. Jordyn

    I think that what the judge did to that teenager was not only right but fair! He has broken the law before and got his license suspended. And this did not stop him. At his own risk he decided to recklessly drive on a suspended license and had 3 other people in the car that he could have KILLED. It might sound extreme to have his license permanently suspended but for what he did he deserves it. And if he leaves Rhode Island to another state to have a licenses something tells me this behavior just might not stop.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
  615. Joanna

    I think that it's a good punishment but the judge should have just suspended the drivers license for like two years... But i do think the judge got a little carried away...
    😀 Joey

    March 8, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
  616. Harold

    I believe that it was right to ban this individual from driving for life because not only did he hurt himself,
    but he hurt others who were in the vehicle with him.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
  617. Teddy

    It does and does not make sense I mean If you already had a suspended license then it does make sense but at the same time to not allow someone to not get a license in the state is basically forcing a person to move to another state which is unfair on so many levels

    March 8, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
  618. Sanginator

    Drunken-driving laws vary from state to state, but driving with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or greater is illegal in all 50 states. Additionally, zero-tolerance laws make it illegal for people younger than 21 to be caught with any reading other than 0 on the breathalyzer test.

    March 8, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
  619. Kate

    I think that the judge did the right thing. The teenager shouldn't have been driving while his license was suspended and they weren't old enough to be drinking. Driving under the influence is illegal and so is driving while your license is suspended. Lifetime license suspense is the approriate punishment for this teenager.

    March 8, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
  620. Pablo

    Driving in this country is a necessity, you can't get around anywhere with out a car or atleast in an effective way, and plus he was Judy's teen and we all make mistakes especially as teens, the judge took it way to far.

    March 8, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
  621. Jenna

    I think that the punishment isn't hard enough, the judge should have taken away his car. It would prevent him even futher from driving at all. He injured his friends and could have killed someone. He had a second shot but blew it.

    March 8, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
  622. Andrew

    I completely agree with the judge's ruling. As the driver's education teachers tell their students, "Driving is a privilege, NOT a right'. That teenager violated that privilege by driving with a suspended license and then by driving under the influence. He CHOSE to violate the restrictions, so he shouldn't be able to get his license back.

    March 8, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
  623. Omar

    The driver should not have gotten this punishment maybe a couple a years and some community service but for life, the judge had taken it a little too far i think and many people may do this type of thing and they don't get there license taken a way for life. The punishment should at least be jail time.

    March 8, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
  624. Mariana

    i agree with isaac why was he even driving while drinking and were were his parents when he was at a party and what car was he driving. he has no reason to drive

    JUDGE YOU SHOULD REVOKE HIS LICENSE

    March 8, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
  625. Georgina

    I think he deserves that and more, because first off, his friends were in the car. Second off, he shouldn't have been driving while not having a license. It's ridiculous what this world has come to.

    March 8, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
  626. Jeffrey

    I don't think it was punishment enough. As you can see it said "His license is permanently provoked AS LONG AS HE LIVES IN RHODE ISLAND". Which means, if he moved out of Rhode Island (say his friends drove him) he may be able to drive again.

    That is all I have to say.

    March 8, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
  627. Trinity

    Its not fair, that just ruined his life. How will he get a job? How can he even get out of the state to get a drivers licence? Take it away for 5 years or something, don't just ruin someone for something stupid they did as a kid.

    March 8, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
  628. Ty

    i dont agree with that stupid judge it should be for 10 years

    March 8, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
  629. Jovanique

    i think the teenager got what he deserved i mean cmon you got it suspended once.LEARN YOUR LESSON!!!

    March 8, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
  630. Ethan

    The punishment is definitely reasonable. The kid who committed all these crimes just has not seemed to learn his lesson. So it would not be a good idea to just give him a little punishment and send him back on the roads. If I was Judge, I wouldn't want this kid in court for another car crash. He committed the crime so he should be prepared for the worst punishment.

    March 8, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
  631. Johnathan

    The judge made the wrong dission. He should be going to jail for not only drunk driving but to a threat to public safety. Plus he can just go and get a licences in another state then get his licences back even after it was suspended.

    March 8, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
  632. Andrew

    I think his punishment us necessary. He already had his license revoked. Plus he had other people with him. He might have been drunk causing an ultimate danger, but for life seems a little long. Hope he learns not to do it again. haha

    March 8, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
  633. Akiachak School

    Most of us feel that the punishment was fair. He broke the law, he was underage, and he was drinking. He hurt people and could have killed them. We think he might need jail, too.

    March 8, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
  634. cheyan

    I think that the punishment fit the crime because i believe poeple who drink and drive shouldn't be able to drive in the first place if they are just going to abuse there right to drive. The perfect punishment.

    March 9, 2012 at 12:16 am |
  635. Margaret

    I agree with the judge why cut teenagers some slack, they need to learn from their mistakes he shouldn't get his licences back at all in the United States.

    March 9, 2012 at 12:46 am |
  636. Jacob

    I agree with this judge because if this teenager already had his license revoked and he got into a car accident coming from a party with alcohol then thats too much to ask for a second chance.

    March 9, 2012 at 1:29 am |
  637. Nancy

    I think it is pretty fair, but kind of unfair too.
    can't drive to men, means no life!
    they have to drive to go to work, meet people, etc

    March 9, 2012 at 6:11 am |
  638. Lily

    i disagree with the judges. i know that he did something really dangerous and SHOULD be punished.
    But, if they just take away his license permanently, it would ruin his life!
    I think taking his license until he grows up will be fine.

    March 9, 2012 at 6:14 am |
  639. Jarrell

    The u.s.a is a free country, freedom to vote, freedom of speech, but it does not say freedom to drive. If the judge thinks that it is right than it is right. He put his and other peoples lives in danger. driving is a privaledge not a right.

    March 9, 2012 at 7:25 am |
  640. Emily

    I think that his liscense SHOULD be banned from him. It's his fault that he did this stuff twice already. But I think his liscense should just be banned from him for a year or so.

    March 9, 2012 at 7:33 am |
  641. deqa said

    i think it's wrong that it should get it suspended. To teach him not to take things for granted

    March 9, 2012 at 7:39 am |
  642. Jerry

    I dont think he should`ve got his license revoked he should be able to drive when he is 18 or more responsible

    March 9, 2012 at 8:06 am |
  643. Andrew

    I think the judge is right. The teenager broke several laws at once, injured his friends, and drove with an illegal license. Also, the teenager can get a liscence from somewhere else, just not in Rhode Island.

    March 9, 2012 at 8:13 am |
  644. gavin

    I do not agree with this punishment because it seems really severe and everybody has been in an accident so if thats the punishment everybody shouldn't have a license.

    March 9, 2012 at 8:19 am |
  645. Jolene

    I think the punishment doesn't fit the crime.
    To pay a heavy fine will be more effective one.

    March 9, 2012 at 8:29 am |
  646. john

    the punishment was neccassary

    March 9, 2012 at 9:10 am |
  647. Robin

    It's fair to a punishment for a person who did several crimes in one time, and he also got his lisence supended, and furthermore, he injured two people.

    March 9, 2012 at 9:20 am |
  648. Monique :)

    I believe that that is a very harsh punishment. You have to keep in mind that he is a teen and teen male brains don’t fully develop till their mid-20’s, just because he is doing all these bad things now, doesn’t mean he will regret it later. Also people always change he can realize that the bad things he had done weren’t worth it in the long run, instead of taking away teens licenses for life why don’t you go around taking the old peoples, that can barely see and cause accidents all the time cause they get nervous and scared. I know people will judge me for this but you know what the people are judging this teen by his accidents that he’s done while he’s young and doesn’t realize what it’s causing. I think a shorter punishment would be better, like not getting his license back until he is 21 or something but not taking it away for the rest of his life!

    March 9, 2012 at 9:25 am |
  649. Christian

    I belive this punishment has gone just a little bit to far. I mean yes he shouldnt have been out driving if he was drinking but i mean come on the rest of his life?!?!

    March 9, 2012 at 9:29 am |
  650. Kali

    He was breaking the law by drinking and driving, and he was drunk driving on a suspended license. But he only got his license provoked in Rhode Island? Why not the U.S? Because if it's only provoked in Rhode Island, he will drive in other states and probably do the SAME mistakes that he did in Rhode. I think it wasn't TO harsh.

    March 9, 2012 at 9:52 am |
  651. Hollie

    I don't think the judge should have just taken his ability to drive, that guyshould have been sent to jail. He could have killed sevral people, caused property damage, was driving drunk with a suspended licence... this guy deserves what he got. He should have been put under house arrest or banned from driving or getting a lisence anywhere. I mean, this guy is either really and truly stupid or has mental disabilities or really needs and deserves to have his liscence taken away, if not be locked up.

    March 9, 2012 at 9:55 am |
  652. 50centsworth

    The judge went a little to far He/She should have revoked his license until he had an able job that required a car.

    March 9, 2012 at 9:57 am |
  653. Irene

    The teen has had a second chance after his first time of law breaking,so the judge has a right to revoke the license permanently.It was wrong to drive in the first place.

    March 9, 2012 at 10:00 am |
  654. Heather

    I dont think that that is a far consequence, it could violate the eighth ammendmant, crime and punishment, which could be taken to court..

    March 9, 2012 at 10:09 am |
  655. Natalio

    I think he deserved that it just not right to go around drunk wile driving it dumb, not smart, stupid and just plane rude to other around him!

    March 9, 2012 at 10:10 am |
  656. Jaquise

    Yes, it is a fair consequence, because he can move to another state and still drive there. If it's only in Rhode Island, then why wouldn't it be fair?

    March 9, 2012 at 10:12 am |
  657. Franklin

    The judge gave a fiar sentence to the individual. He was an irrsponsible driver by placing bystanders in harm's way. He has to learn his lesson at one point in life and this is where it starts.

    March 9, 2012 at 10:54 am |
  658. eric

    I think you are acting harsh because let's say that he needed to go to a family funeral and he couldn't because you guys woul dnot give him another license. I can understand if he was 20 but if he was younger then you should expand it from like a year to like a month. You should give him another chance. By doing that, that way he would think why did I do that and he would probably not do it again. You should just let him show you that he is sorry by giving him a chance and it's really not fair to ban the license forever. In Connecticut, if a person was caught with drinking and driving they would not end their license forever. They would just take it away for a month and then give it back. There are many other kids who do that and whereever they live they probably get the same thing. Get their license taken away and given back. By doing that, it would just make them more angry because that would put more pressure on him and his family.Or the chief of police would just give him a 100 ticket.

    March 9, 2012 at 10:59 am |
  659. Rylee

    Teens happen to be really naive when it comes to driving. It was completely irresponsble for him to drive. He should be punished for what he did and the punishment should be tough. However, people grow up, and mature. What if someday he has a family and kids, he won't be able to take them anywhere? I think his liscense should be revoked for a long time but not forever.

    March 9, 2012 at 11:28 am |
  660. Kayden

    I agree with the judge dude why would you even do that if you are going to do that this is whats going to happen you have no reason to drive any more.

    March 9, 2012 at 11:42 am |
  661. Warren

    This is a cause and effect situation.The driver decided to speed and go to a party with alcohol so the effect was his license was taken away by the judge so that he can protect citizens from getting hit by that same driver

    March 9, 2012 at 11:52 am |
  662. Michael

    If he injured people, are you saying it would be better for him to drive with an adult and injure them? Having an adult with him wouldn't change anything

    March 9, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • E.Y

      I think it was wrong of the judge to take his license away for life because when you're young you make a lot of mistakes and then you mature and learn from your mistakes once you get older.

      March 10, 2012 at 11:44 pm |
      • SW

        I agree though his punishment should be strong.

        March 12, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  663. Grace

    It's good to advocate proper driving. However, I think a temporary suspension and fines would be a proper punishment. Permanent suspension is not somethig you see everyday, and I don't think is good to start now. How will they drive to work everyday? When he's older, he'll realize the terrible mistake he made and eventually learn to never do it again.

    P.S: To whom this may concern, it would be awesome to have part of my comment posted. I've been watching CNN student news for a couple of years, and it would be an honor to see my name on our classroom SmartBoard 🙂

    March 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
  664. Natalie

    He learned his lesson, but whats the point if he can't drive again? He should have gotten it revoked for a while an should have spent some time in jail. But teens get in accidents all the time I haven't heard a punishment like this.

    March 9, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
  665. Lydia

    Nobody died, but I still think it's fair. Someone could have died. The teen had committed several crimes already. Besides, he can try again if he moves. He was the one driving on a suspended license and not being careful. It's his own fault.

    March 9, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
  666. Sergio

    I think that the judge was wrong. He can't revoke his license for a lifetime just because of crashing. I think the judge could have just revoked it for some time.

    March 9, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
  667. Lydia

    He seriously deserves his license permanently suspended. He needs to be taken off the road. He'd already committed multiple crimes. He had his "second chance" he'd only temporarily had his license taken. He needs to respect the punishment.

    March 9, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
  668. Elyse

    Yes, I think the punishment fit the crime. Because he already has broken the law before. So that means he didn't learn his lesson. If we don't give him a bigger punishment he might never learn his lesson.

    March 9, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
  669. Zorian

    I think it is fair because he should not of been driving with a suspended licenses and should not have been drinking.

    March 9, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  670. Camila

    They should take his license away but not as long as he lives. They should take it away maybe for a couple of years but forever is too far. The judge should be fair with the teenager and also the law

    March 9, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
  671. Nikolas

    I think it was far because he got in trouble once then got in trouble again so I think it was fair for his licens to be suspended

    March 9, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
  672. Camila

    They should take his license away but not as long as he lives. They should take it away maybe for a couple of years but forever is too far. The judge should be fair with the teenager and also the law the judge can't do this with everyone in the state of rhode island who brakes the law.

    March 9, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
  673. War

    I think it is unfair

    March 9, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  674. Ashley

    I agree because he was given a second chance and didn't take that second chance with any privilege and he knows he is not supposed to be driving while he is drunk with people in the car.

    March 9, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  675. Abner

    It should be because he had prior charges

    March 9, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  676. Janae

    Yes, the boy get what he deseves he should have not been speeding so know he does not get his licence

    March 9, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
  677. Mykala

    I believe it was very fair because his license was already suspended and he shouldnt have been driving

    March 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  678. Grace

    I think that his license being revoked for life is maybe going too far. I believe everyone deserves to be able to learn there lesson and have consequences, but not having his license for life is not a good consequence. He should be able to at least have a parent or adult with him at all times, and drive sober.

    March 9, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  679. Nyla

    I think it was wrong that they did that cause he is just a teenager and they just could of took his license till he was an adult which is like 21 or something like that cause why would they take his license forever like how would they feel if that happen to them

    March 9, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  680. Alyssa

    I think it was necessary because drunk driving is not a allowed. Having your license revoked already then driving just is going to get you into more trouble and he should have known that he shouldn't have been driving at all.

    March 9, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  681. Dasha

    I think his licences should be taken we do not need reckless people on the road to be honest.

    March 9, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  682. Morgan

    I think the judge went too far. I think that he went too far because everybody makes mistakes. Some may be bad mistakes, but you can't tell me that the judge didn't make a bad mistake when he was a teen.

    March 9, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  683. Devon

    Thats not fair I could see a year or two but for life is ridiculous. I don't think that was necessary even for a person who already had his license suspended. Just because of a mistake doesn't mean he's going to always drive like that.

    March 9, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  684. Dana

    I think the judge shouldn't have revoked his liscence for the rest of the teens life, I think he should have taken his liscence away for a certain amount of years then see if the guy is responsible enough to drive again.

    March 9, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  685. Amanda

    I think that the judge went a little to far. There were many other punishments that could of taken place. He could have gotten help for his drinking and driving, he should of had a choice to either go to a councel, or have his license revoked. This is a little extreme I think that he should have gotten his license suspended for a year or something but not forever, forever is a long time for a teenager to take all that responsibility to be the driver becausenere were also 3 others in the car that could of drove. So my opinion is that that was to much of a punishment.

    March 9, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  686. Ethan

    I think that the judge made a pretty good decision on this topic. I think this because what if they didn't suspend his drivers license he might the feeling that he could get by with a lot more, so if he didn't get his license suspended next time there could be a lot more damage done. I also think this because he has had enough chances before, and he shouldn't have been drinking.

    March 9, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  687. Trent

    I think that what the judge did was necessary, although the kids will still probably drive without liecences. I mean if they drive drunk there probably goin to drive without a liecences.

    March 9, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  688. Christian

    I think that he should be punished but the revokement of his license forever is a little to harsh

    March 9, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  689. Autumn

    The punishment fits the crimes, but, I think he should have to serve time as well for getting his friends in danger. A few months in juvie, probation... excetra

    March 9, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  690. Daniel

    I think it is more than fair that he won't ever have a license again. He should not have been driving drunk in the first place. He could have killed him and his friends and other people going about their day. By the sound of it he will probably still drive even drunk maybe, after this.

    March 9, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  691. Dave

    The challenge for the judge is that he must come up with a sentence that is fair, but will also send the message to this boy and other teens that having a license is a privilege, not a right. As with all privileges they can be taken away if a person doesn't obey the proper rules. Too often people forget how dangerous driving can be especially when you are inexperienced, distracted, or under the influence of alcohol. The article doesn't mention it, but I wonder if the judge provided opportunities for the boy to regain his license if he completed a specific set of tasks. In my opinion, setting up requirements for the boy to earn his license back after a long period of time, if proves that he can handle the responsibility, would be a more effective sentence.

    March 9, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  692. Blake

    I don't think that the punishment was fair because the teen only made a few bad choices. But the punishment was a good one because now the teen will be wiser and the lisene being revoked for life is to much it should only be for 10- 15 years. I understand that he got his license revoked for a good reason but it should not be revoked forever.

    March 9, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  693. Laura

    I think this punishment is necessary and unecessary. It is necessary because there is a consequence for every right and wrong choice you make. Although some consequences are less sever than others. He chose to make a bad choice prior to making a bad decision before, which he obviousally didn't learn from. So this punishment was necessary in order for him to learn from his mistake. I also believe he deserves another chance which is why I think this punishment wasn't completely necessary maybe a less severe punishment.

    March 9, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • Parker

      Honestly Laura, as you may have forgoten this boy has been in more than one accidents. He has broken the law many times more than once. This judge has already givin' him the courtesy that most judges would not give him. I believe that this punishment is perfectly reasonable.

      March 10, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
  694. Kelsey

    I think it's fair. You have to treat you license like its the most important thing in your life. You have to treat it like its gold and he wasnt responsible to do that. This has already happened to him once so you think he would have learned, but if you don't respect what you have and have responsiblility then you get consequences. And this is his consequence.

    March 9, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  695. Lindsey

    I think it was fair because he was driving on a suspended license, he was drinking, and he was speeding. If he already was in trouble and he didn't listen to the law the only thing you can do is punish him with a higher degree punishment. In this case it would be taking his license away for life. He is just lucky nobody died.

    March 9, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  696. Aag

    I think he did a good thing

    March 9, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  697. German

    I think it fits just right.
    I'll do the same tithe teen. You should not be driving without a license .

    March 9, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  698. Kachina

    I agree..I would of took his licenses too. People shouldn't drive while drunk. It's very dangerous.

    March 9, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  699. Ryan

    No I do not believe that the judge did the right thing. I believe that because it should not be that long. Look at it this way what if that had happened to a adult. The listens whould probebly have only been taken away for a few months. Yes he had his listens taken away and he should not have been driving, but I feel that some of the responsibility should have been put on the parents of the kid who was serving Alcoahall at the party. It also should have had some of the responsibility on the parrents for letting him have the car keys or they schould have left the keys locked up. I also do not believe that he schould have born put in the slammer for a liittle bit and then reflected. How ever I still believe that he schould have had his listens taken away for a litttle bit not for the rest of his life.

    March 9, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  700. Krysten..

    I personally think he shouldve had his license revoked. I the reason why I agree with this judges decision is because he has broken many laws before and honestly, why let him break another one? The 16 year old knows right from wrong. He's had many chances. Way to many in fact. Now that this boy is being punished he should live up to the responsibility that his choices make him. Hopefully he'll mature up and learn from his mistakes. Although, I also believe that he will not learn from his mistakes either. If I was the judge, I would have him go to jail for a few years. Well, if he ever broke the law again. This boy deserves his punishment that he was given.

    March 9, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  701. Jaden

    I think that the judge made the right call because he had comited many crimes already and i think we do not need drivers like that on our rides.

    March 9, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  702. Sianni

    I think that he should have it revoked for a short period of time and then have to take a drivers test again and let him off with parol as a statement to say don't do that again.

    March 9, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  703. Katelin

    I would say yes. I say yes because the judge has alredy warned him more than twice, and he was drinking while driving which is very risky he is lucky he didn't hit anyone. He could have killed himself and his friends; therefore, if you take his license away from him he wouldn't be able to harm anyone while driving.

    March 9, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  704. Abby

    I believe that the punishment fits the crime. Someone who has broken laws, while driving, multiple times should be taken off the road for the safety of others.

    March 9, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  705. Sammi

    I agree that he should be punished, but I think that suspending his driver's license for life is going too far. Besides, he could find a way to get a license in another state. I understand he needs to learn his lesson, but I have a question for the judge. There's something I don't understand. Plenty of adults get into accidents caused by drunk driving and reckless driving too. Why is it that this teen has had his license taken away? What if it was an adult? Would he be so quick take it away?

    March 9, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  706. Nyasia

    I think it was very smart because teens nowadays don't understand or care what they're parents are saying to them so I think the state is saving his life.

    March 9, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  707. Rafa

    I think the punishment was to much the judge should have suspended his license for at least 16 years instead of taking his license for ever in that state

    March 9, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  708. Calvin

    I think that's wrong, he should have a temporally license suspension, young kids make mistakes all the time.

    March 9, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • Marley

      Calvin you are right kids do make mistakes. The thing is that they would be smart enough to not go to a party and drink all night.

      March 10, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
  709. Catherine

    I think the punishment is fair because he's gotten in trouble before, and his licence was suspended. So,he shouldn't have been driving when he knew he wasn't allowed to. Lastly, he injured three people and destroyed his car. It's his own fault.

    March 9, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  710. Katie

    I agree that the judge took away the license!:). He shouldn't be drinking while driving not good GOOD JOB CARL!!!!

    March 9, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  711. Myles

    I think that he got what he deserved apparently he needs to go back to drivers school and learn not to drive while your drunk.

    March 9, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  712. Kailee

    I think he should have got his licensed took away because he was under the influence of alcohol and if he was not driving he would not have put his friends in danger and himself.

    March 9, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  713. Eric

    I felt that it was right for them to revoke his license, but i feel it is not enough what if he had killed someone. I have had people i know very well killed by drunk drivers and it is completly horrible.

    March 9, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  714. Abraham

    Well I think that u shouldn't banned his license, he should deserve another chance !

    March 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  715. Michelle

    I think they should have let them spend a night in juvenile to teach them,that's how they might end up and taken there license but they could have taken another test.

    March 9, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  716. Franklin

    The judge gave a fair sentence. The individual was irresponsible and was placing other in harm's way. He has to learn his lesson at one point in life and this is where it starts.

    March 9, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  717. Mai

    I think the judge took it to far

    March 9, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • Marley

      Mal why do you think the judge took it to far? The boys so deserve to get their drivers license taken away FOREVER! It was a dumb idea that the boys were drinking under age. The boys should have not been driving while they were drunk. Like who does that? It is the stupidest thing someone has ever done in a car that I have heard of.

      March 10, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
  718. Ali

    I think that the judge was smart. He ruined this kids life forever

    March 9, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  719. Eric

    I feel the punishment was correct and even more should be done. I have had people i know and care about killed by drunk drivers and what if he had killed someone.

    March 9, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  720. Benjamen

    I completely agree with the judges choice to revoke his license. It sets the perfect example for future-drivers that reckless driving cannot be tolerated. It is very possible that him or his friends could have died, and consequences could have been much worse if so.

    March 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  721. Tanner

    I think that the punishment was totally neccessary considering the circumstances. The teenager should have been ten times more careful then he was. He was and underaged drinker which makes me also think that the punishment is even more reasonable. Plus his drivers licsence is only revoked in Rhode Island so he could move to another state and get his drivers licsence back. But as for being in Rhode Island, the punishment is comepletly reasonable.

    March 9, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
  722. Alex

    I think it was harsh but needed, but the judge could have just made it were he would permentlay have to drive with another adult in the car

    March 9, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
  723. Zach

    I believe the punishment is reasonable. Wreckless driving not only puts yourself in danger but it dangers the lives of others around you. Also, wreckles driving can cause damage to homes, signs, etc.

    March 9, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
  724. Daniel

    The punishment was justified. If your license was suspended, you should not have driven the car. Having it revoked because he was at this time under the influence of alcohol which could harm others around him is fair. Maybe the next time others like him will have to think twice before making the same mistake.

    March 9, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
  725. Taylor

    I think it is stupid to do this permanently, because what if every teenager did this? What would the judge do then? It's crazy because he wouldn't be able to drive in Rhode Island ay all. So, if every teenager of person would driver drank, would they judge take their license. I think the judge did that because he is a teenager.

    March 9, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
  726. Gavin

    I think they did the right thing, considering he was driving drunk. But permanently? Way too long!

    March 9, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
  727. Madeline

    Even though he was drunk and got in a reck dosen't mean that he should have his lisence revoked permenantly, mabey just revoke his license for a long time and give him a heavy fine.

    March 9, 2012 at 10:15 pm |
  728. Marina

    I do think this is a valid thing to do, judging by how dangerously close he was to taking the lives of two citizens' and his own. While some may argue that it is 'harsh' or 'cruel', they should think of the lives at stake at this point in time.

    March 9, 2012 at 10:23 pm |
  729. Collin

    What I think should happen to the kid is that he should get another chance and then i guess he should loose his license but i mean ever body deserves a 2nd chance and that the 1st time he did it he didnt now how bad it was but the 2nd time he did it he kinda nows how bad it is now but now they should just give it back to him i know how it feel like this kid it has happened to me (even though i dont have a license). the kid nows how bad it is now so i saw that the judge should not be that hard on kids. so i say just give the kid a break and let him have it back......

    March 9, 2012 at 10:54 pm |
  730. Barbara

    I thnk it was a good idea. No one wants to share the road with dangerous driver.

    March 9, 2012 at 10:59 pm |
  731. Collin

    What i think should happen is that the kid should get a 2nd chance the reason wht i think the kid should get a 2nd chance is that the 1st time he or she did it they really dont now what they did but the 2nd time the person did it kinda got to them so that why the judge should take it wasy on them and that they should just let him or she have there license and that way if they screw up again then they will now what they did and that they will take full respnsible to it and that they will be punished then but not now and they got a shorties of time to live so how ever is doing this if i were you i would just stop and think before you say or do somthing.............

    March 9, 2012 at 11:03 pm |
  732. Lexi

    I think its fair to take away the license. He already killed three people, do we need to have more (killed)?

    March 9, 2012 at 11:03 pm |
  733. Sydney

    Well I think the situation was treated well, because obviously he doesn't make good choices and he needs to learn there are consequences for his actions. But, I feel if he was driving with a revoked liscence before, he will probably do it after this too.

    March 9, 2012 at 11:21 pm |
  734. Lexi

    I think they should take his license away. Our world has enough chaos!

    March 9, 2012 at 11:36 pm |
  735. Lexi

    The judge made the correct decision to take away the license. People who make bad decisions should get consequences, but not permanently. That's why he got his license suspended, and he blew that too. Take away the license!

    March 9, 2012 at 11:43 pm |
  736. Lexi

    Drinkers are addicted, and if you get your license back, you will just do the same thing. Save the earth from wreckless drinkers and drivers, take away the license!

    March 9, 2012 at 11:46 pm |
  737. Minyoung

    I think it was a little too far. Even though he behaved against the rule, he still has a right to be educated since he is a teenager, and that means he has not built his own complete mindset yet. Before he grown up as an adult, the country should responsible for teenagers. They should have sentenced him to concentrative driving education and keep an eye on the movements.

    March 10, 2012 at 12:24 am |
  738. Esteban

    it is and is not harsh because all he has to do is leave rode island and he will be able to drive again.

    March 10, 2012 at 2:32 am |
  739. Jinwoo

    I think that the punishment was fair enough under the law because he could have killed someone. However, i think that re-education on driving and a weaker sentence would be better

    March 10, 2012 at 4:44 am |
  740. Grace

    I think it was right to suspend the teenager's drivers license because if he already had a situation like this before and is doing it again well he shouldn't have the right to drive. He could have killed pedestrians or even his friends.

    March 10, 2012 at 7:24 am |
  741. Sadie

    I think it's a little harsh, but it was the right thing to do, considering he could seriously hurt other people besides the three that were in the car with him when he crashed it.

    March 10, 2012 at 7:41 am |
  742. Brookelynne

    I think the judge was just a little to harsh on the teenager. He shouldn't have taken his license away permanently,but the judge did say that it was only in the state of Rhode Island. So if the teenager moves to another state he could possibly get his license,but he'll have to remember (no more drinking)!!!

    March 10, 2012 at 8:31 am |
  743. Jatayvon

    I would send him to jail for driving with a suspended license. plus i would fined for putting othher people in danger.

    March 10, 2012 at 10:56 am |
  744. joe

    I think the juge did the right thing. This will send a message to everyone to think before about driving while having a suspended lisence.

    March 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  745. Iyanna

    Everyone deserves a chance. Or more. I think that he should at least have had a shorter suspension from his lincence you know at least when he was older. Becuase right now he's to young. Atleast in my opinoin that is...

    March 10, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  746. Ja kyung

    what is the point of giving him that punishment he drove his car wildly while he had suspened license. I am pretty sure he will drive he's car anyway.

    March 10, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  747. Tashi

    It's too cruel to just revoke him for good. Why can't they revoke it for at least a year or so?

    March 10, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  748. Grace

    I think the punishment was completely fair! He was given the warning of having his license suspended, so by using it when he still wasn’t allowed to, just shows the authority that he’s not taking his actions seriously. Not only that but he drove while drunk and injured all his passengers. That teenager was under the drinking age and they all could have been killed. People can only expect that his behavior will continue like this, next time someone could get hurt that wasn’t involved in anyway. It isn’t just a punishment but also to insure safety to everyone. I would have given the same sentence. This teenager is also the example for every other teen that drinks and drives under the age limit, they have to be tough to show others what their consequence could be.

    March 10, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  749. Bob

    I think that the punishment he recieved was well deserved, if not a little lenient. He has already commited previous offenses, and not to mention the fact that he was drinking. I personally think that he should serve jail time, as well as the suspension. He may still be a teen, and not fully able to understand the severeness of his actions, but I think that most kids could even figure out that you shouldn't drink and drive.

    March 10, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  750. Abby-Jo

    I think that people should definitely think the judge should take his license away. That is the second time that has happened and you would think he learned his lesson the first time. I think that it was a good idea to take his license away. But, they said he cannot get his license in Rhode Island anymore, not in any other state. So, what would they do if he went to Connecticut and got his license? They couldn't take that away, could they?

    March 10, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  751. Dorothy

    The judge did the right thing. if he was driving drunk and was driving recklessly, then he shouldn't drive because your not sure what other damage can be done.

    March 10, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  752. Calista

    It's good to advocate proper driving. However, I think a temporary suspension and fines would be a proper punishment. Permanent suspension is not somethig you see everyday, and I don't think is good to start now. How will they drive to work everyday? When he's older, he'll realize the terrible mistake he made and eventually learn to never do it again.

    P.S: To whom this may concern, it would be awesome to have part of my comment posted. I've been watching CNN student news for a couple of years, and it would be an honor to see my name on our classroom SmartBoard

    March 10, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  753. Calista

    I think it's fair but the teen should be able to earn his licenses back in about 5 by doing community service. Also he should not be able to drive unless a responsible adult is also in the car with him.

    March 10, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  754. Caitlin

    I honestly think the judge was absolutely right. There is no way he should be DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) and driving. Most of all, he was under aged.

    March 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  755. Abbey

    That is crossing the line.he still should be able to drive`1 mabey have him, pay a fine...

    March 10, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  756. Mitch

    I think that he should not get his license taken away forever. He has broken lots of laws and needs to understand how bad that is. He should only get his license taken away for 1-2 years. Its just not fair to punish that far.
    Please Put this coment on!

    March 10, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
  757. Kaila

    I think its a wonderful idea because what if he does it again....what will happen

    March 10, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
  758. Kaila

    I think that it was a good idea because what he did could've damaged someone

    March 10, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
  759. Alexis

    I totally agree with this. People now a days don't understand the dangerous things that can happen... like this one. You hear about so many young teens drinking and driving all the time. When you mess up, there are always consequences just like this kid. People should really think before they do things like this. Its a very scary thing and people dont realize what can happen, like killing some harmless person. I

    March 10, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
  760. Charlie

    I think that the judge made the right decision. The teenager needs to learn that drinking and careless driving have extreme consequences. There are other ways to get around besides a car, so to have his license revoked for life won't mean he can't go places. I hope this teenager will remember this lesson throughout his life. It's a very important one.

    March 10, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
  761. Vidal

    I agree and disagree because when he was drinking he wasn't thinking clearly.But I do think his actions after getting in trouble already fits the crime

    March 10, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
  762. Chris

    I think he should get more than that such as being in a prison because he injured people and this is not his second time

    March 10, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
  763. Mya

    I think this punishment may be a little to harsh. I think he might need a long term ban, but not a lifetime ban for Rhode Island. Say, I think he should be banned to get a license until he is 30. He could face charges and other punishments. He may just have to learn his lesson.

    March 10, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
  764. roy

    i think you should be punised but that's just harsh

    March 10, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
  765. Kaitlyn

    I don't think he should have gotten his license plate confiscated permanently. He is just a kid and he will grow up to be more mature. He will realize that maybe driving and drinking isn't such a smart idea.

    March 10, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
  766. John

    In my opinion I think his license should be permanently revoked. It should be revoked because he shouldn't have been driving if his license was already suspended at the time.

    March 10, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
  767. dylan

    i am glad that his license was took away because he could of killed his friends,himself or other people and i hope he goes to jail !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 10, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
  768. Parker

    Some people may say this punishment isn't fair and I understand where they are coming from. No one can be exiled from a state so the judge had to come up with the next best thing.Permanetly suspending the boys lisence in Rhode Island is one of the only ways he could make an effect on the boys life that would, hopefully, make him seriously rethink his life and his decisions. The fact that he will have to be drove around his entire life as long as he stays in Rhode Island is a little harsh.. Most people would say that it would be best to suspend his licence for 10-20 years so he would have plenty of time to rethink his decisions in life.

    March 10, 2012 at 10:25 pm |
  769. Kim

    Yes It Was Right. I'm Sure He's Seen And Talked All About The Dangers Of Driving, Especially Drunk Driving. So He Was Being Ignorant, And Still Drunk Drived Knowing The Consequences And Dangers. And Still Did It With Passengers In The Car. So Therefore He Knew There Was Consequences, So He Has To Accept Them. And He Should Be Glad No One Died, Or Else He Would've Been In Deeper Trouble.

    March 10, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
  770. Olivia

    Judging whether to permit his driver's license by his history is not just ignoring his possibility of changing, but also will be remained as serious wound in his mind. I think the judge would give him a second chance.

    March 11, 2012 at 8:09 am |
  771. Morgan

    I think the punishment was pretty unfair. He had broken some laws before the accident, and as his first warning, he recieved a suspended licence. Since it was his second warning, I think it would have been fair to take his licence away for a period of time, but taking the licence away for the rest of his life, was very unfair.

    March 11, 2012 at 9:28 am |
  772. Taylor

    It makes perfect sense to take away the license. Teenagers are never taken seriously as drivers, adults expect us to crash and we need to prove them wrong. This is the way to do it. We can't just keep letting teenagers do something stupid and only get a fine. If we start permanently taking licenses then teens will learn to be smart around the wheel if they want to keep their license.

    March 11, 2012 at 10:04 am |
  773. Nikita

    I think it was ok because he was drunk and then drove into a tree and he could have hurt a lot of people so he should NEVER get the privilige to drive

    March 11, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  774. patty

    He should be able to drive after 3 or 4 months

    March 11, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
  775. Patty

    He should be able to drive after 3-8 months , everyone makes mistakes it is not fair to him. Other people make bigger accidents they don't get there license taken away for ever

    March 11, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
  776. Savannah

    In my opinion, the teen is done. His license should be revoked and removed for the rest of his life as long as he lives in Rhode Island. Laws aren’t meant to be broken and that’s exactly what he did; broke them. Not only was this teen driving recklessly and with a suspended license, he wrecked the car with three other passengers in it, while under the influence of alcohol. Obviously since this teen was driving with a suspended license, he had made plenty of wrong decisions in his life. It was time for him to accept accountability and pay the price of his actions and decisions.

    March 11, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
  777. Jennifer

    I don't think that they should've revoked it forever..they shuld've just took his license away for maybe a year or so. I think taking it away forever is a good solution

    March 11, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
  778. Ayush

    First thing, they did wrong thing, they should have revoked the licence for few years, for anywhere, meaning, even if he is in any other place, he should NOT be able to drive. And, a teen should learn to drive after a accident.

    March 11, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
  779. Eric

    When it comes to public safety, you can never be too safe. I agree with the judge and think the charge agrees with the crime.

    March 11, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
  780. Hayden

    He should get his license suspen.ded but not tooken away. How will he get around. There isnt aways a bus or a cab

    March 11, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
  781. Ayla

    I thank that the judge was right and wrong. The judge was wrong for taking away his license but it was wrong that the teenager was driving on a bad license. It was that he got punshed but it could have been punshed differently

    March 11, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
  782. Dagatorman

    This is totally necessary. If people get away with crimes over and over, they will never learn from their mistakes.America needs this type of discipline to not make us flood in corruption

    March 11, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
  783. Dawson

    Not acceptable. Teens should learn from this sort of thing. Teens will most likely want their license over mischief.

    March 11, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
  784. Taylor

    i agree,he could have seriously hurt someone and they could have died!

    March 11, 2012 at 10:27 pm |
  785. Laramey :)

    I believe that the Judge made the right decision. This kid has been warned many times before, he had gotten minor tickets. Each wreck or speeding tickets take points away from your license; this kid had to be getting close to getting it taken away anyway. If he is going to endanger his life and not care, what makes you think he cares if he endangers someone else’s? His latest wreck was pretty severe and I think that it smart to take reckless drivers off the road. Car wrecks are one of the leading causes of death a year anyway, why not eliminate one death by revoking his license. If people knew that this could be a punishment, maybe they would make smarter choices while driving.

    March 11, 2012 at 10:53 pm |
  786. Lauren

    This judge did nothing wrong. That young man knew he was doing something bad when he got behind the steering wheel. If he would keep the license, he might do it again.

    March 11, 2012 at 11:34 pm |
  787. Jessiker

    I think he deserved to have his liscense revoked for the rest of his life. If he wasn't responsible the first time when he lost it, and he used it while it was suspended, then what's the point in him having one if all he'll do is cause trouble?

    March 12, 2012 at 5:36 am |
  788. Cindy

    I agree with that decision, because it would protect more car accidents from the people who had made serious accidents.

    March 12, 2012 at 6:28 am |
  789. Lee

    I agree with that decision, because it would protect people who had made serious accidents, from more problems.

    March 12, 2012 at 6:29 am |
  790. andrew

    i think its a good punishment but it should have been five years

    March 12, 2012 at 8:20 am |
  791. Libby

    Yes If you let him continue to drive he could cause a major accident and hurt many people!!!

    March 12, 2012 at 8:32 am |
  792. zane

    I think by takng someone's license for life is wrong. When you take their license for life it teaches them nothing and they could go out and do the same thing over and over and by taking it it teaching them no responsibility about driving or life. If the kid killed his friends in the accident then it might a different story to take his license for life but just for pretty much joy riding. If I was a judge and had a chose of what to do to the teen ide probaly keep his license for twice as long as what it was to be taken for.

    March 12, 2012 at 9:38 am |
  793. Gingy

    If the person who is being subdued to the punishment of having their license revoked permanently doesn’t show any signs of improvement in their driving ability or ability to drive responsibly and maturely, I believe it would be a just maneuverer on the government’s part. It’s not that I think everyone shouldn’t be applicable to get their license, I just think people who have a history for traffic violations, whatever it may be, should be kept under supervision, and if they commit another traffic or driving related crime then the idea of permanently revoking their license might need to be brought into play for the general welfare.

    March 12, 2012 at 9:49 am |
  794. Hailey

    The teen got what he deserved. He could have killed himself or the people in the car with him. People need to learn that drunk driving is illegal for a reason, not just to keep you from having "fun." Drunk driving can kill people, and it has. That teen is lucky that's all that happened to him. He could have been killed, or worse.

    March 12, 2012 at 9:49 am |
  795. Hduece

    The teen got what he deserved. He could have killed himself or the people in the car with him. People need to learn that drunk driving is illegal for a reason, not just to keep you from having "fun." Drunk driving can kill people, and it has. That teen is lucky that's all that happened to him. He could have been killed, or worse.

    March 12, 2012 at 9:49 am |
  796. spencer

    at first it seemed unfair but now that i see that he had already gotten his license suspended and he had been drinking i think that the crime fits the punishment

    March 12, 2012 at 10:07 am |
  797. Johnathan

    I would only take it away for a year so that he can learn its not right

    March 12, 2012 at 10:07 am |
  798. Jordan

    I don’t think that the judge should have taken the teens’ license away for good even though he had been in a few accidents and things like that. I could understand maybe suspending it just to make him realize that he needs to be more careful with how he drives or something like that. I also, though, understand where the judge is coming from. Being able to drive and have a license is a privilege and that privilege can be taken away at any time. It would have been better, in my opinion; to temporarily suspend his license as a lesson then, if need be, they could have taken it away for life after another infraction.

    March 12, 2012 at 10:13 am |
  799. Kayli

    I feel like the judge was not being harsh because he did have a suspended license and he choose not to follow the rules and he went out got intoxicated and wrecked and could have killed himself and his friends who were in the car with him. I feel like that if the the judge did not take a way his license for ever he would have gone back out and been a threat to other people who are driving on the road to.

    March 12, 2012 at 10:15 am |
  800. Nolan

    i think its not fair everybody makes mistakes

    March 12, 2012 at 10:15 am |
  801. Chandler

    I would've just made him either pay a major fine or jail for a few months or just give him a warning and let him go free, but no driving for life is not a fair thing because if their was emergency how could he drive someone to the hospital. Also they could have just given a few months of a ban of license.

    March 12, 2012 at 10:55 am |
  802. Abilene

    I think that taking away the teens license was the right thing to do.He deserved what he got because he had already got in trouble.I hope he learned his lesson because he now has to move out of state, and away from his friends just so he can get his license.

    March 12, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  803. Jahaziel

    The punishment doesn't seem to fit the crime. It is harsh to just do it for the rest of his life, but he broke laws before, he should've learned his lesson.

    March 12, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
  804. Ashley

    I think that it's a bad idea because all he did this time was get in a wreck. If he had done the things he had done before on the day of the wreck, I think it would have been good. I don't think that he should have his liscense revoked permanently, just until he goes back and passes the drivers test again.

    March 12, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  805. Brett

    the Punishment is unnecessary because just because he broke laws doesn't mean that he needs his license removed permently

    March 12, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  806. Dashiell

    I think the punishment was a bit harsh. But then again, he broke some laws before. I think the license should be suspended until he is twenty five years of age, that is the age where your mind develops fully. He might learn his lesson when he is twenty five.

    March 12, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  807. Gabe

    I think the punishment does fit the crime perfectly. I would have punished the driver the same way. I could understand if it was an accident and there wasn’t any drugs or alcohol involved. Since the kid did previously break laws before makes it hard for people to believe him. He was driving recklessly and with suspended license doesn’t seem to me like he had too much care for the law in the first place. I think that it was a great idea for the judge to permanently revoke his driver’s license in Rhode Island. Granted he will probably end up moving to a different state to get his license.

    March 12, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  808. Cale

    Usually when this is an issue between a person and the law the question is “Does the punishment fit the crime?” not “Does the punishment fit the numerous reoccurring crimes?” Obviously the kid needs a harsh punishment, and this one fits perfectly, if not being too easy on him. He is not only breaking laws, but he is putting other people, even his friends, in danger. If he can’t drive, it fixes the problem pretty well I would think. The only thing I would disagree with the ruling is that he is just not allowed to drive in Rhode Island; instead of making it illegal for him to drive anywhere in the United States (is that possible?). The punishment fits the crime!

    March 12, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  809. Jiong

    I believe that this is based purely on individual views. Someone who supports the death penalty would mostly likely also support one's license's permanent suspension, vice versa. I personally believe that this should be allowed on serious violators of traffic laws. If you can be executed in many red states for a serious crime, you can have your license permanently suspended too.

    March 12, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  810. Reed

    I think it was unnecessary to revoke a drivers license for a lifetime. I may understand a couple years but now he won't be able drive anywhere to see friends or family. (He'll have to take a cab)

    March 12, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  811. Delaney

    I don't think they should have taken his license away. Personally i think they should have just suspened his license and sent him to jail. I get what there reasoning was for taking it away but taking it away permanently is preventing him from getting a license in his home state to me thats kindof harsh. I no he was drinking umderaged but thats a punishment of jail time. They should have sent him to jail according to his past and present mistakes and left it at that.

    March 12, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  812. Anabelle

    I do belive these punishments are reasonable for the crime.He should of learned his leason before and during his first crime.

    March 12, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  813. Mikayla

    they shouldn't take his licence away but for month myebye. they could have just told his parents or put him in juvey or jail for a week but they shouldnt have over reacted to that

    March 12, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  814. Amber

    This kid was old enough to know that what he did was wrong, and the judge made the right choice in taking his licence away in Rhode Island. Maybe he is mad at the judge, but he should have known better than to drive while he was drunk, and with a suspended license. He also had 3 other people in the car with him, that can also be used agenst him.

    March 12, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  815. Emma

    It was wrong of the kid to do this, but this treatment is a little harsh. A better treatment would simply be to take it away temporarily. When he gets older he will learn. He should not have to suffer the consequence for the rest of his life because of one slip up when he was young.

    March 12, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  816. Lucy

    I think the judge made a good choice but didn't think if he moves to a differnt stae he can get a new licens

    March 12, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  817. Bobby

    I do think so. Taking it away will teach everyone not to mess with the law. This will be a lesson to everyone to take privlages seriously.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  818. Courtney

    Yes, I agree that he should have got his licence tooken away[permanetly] but he can still leave Rhode Island and get his licence in a different state so the judge should have tooken away his licence all the way through the whole United States. He shouldn't even have to go to the party.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  819. Joanna

    I think that he should learn his lesons but don't go too harshly. I don't like people getting hurt.

    March 12, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
    • matt

      yes, he needs to learn his lesson but this is too harsh that judge should be fired on abuse of power.

      March 13, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  820. Melissa

    I think he did deserve the lifetime license ban; The guy was driving on a suspended license while drunk, that's not good! Not only could he have killed people, he could've killed himself! Besides, this punishment serves as a warning and example of what not to do unless you want the privilege of driving taken away from you. I think that now since the consequences are more than clear, more teens are going to be aware and more careful. Sometimes, we have to learn the hard way.

    March 12, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
  821. Chelsea

    He needs to learn, their is children out their that could be killed and your driving on a revoked listens! I think he NEEDS it taken away!

    March 12, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
  822. Heidi

    I think that it was right that he had hes licence taken away, drivers need to understand that there are consiquences to evrything!

    March 12, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
  823. Jenny

    I took the judge went to far. The judge should of given a 5 yrs license suspension. What if there was an emergency and the boy had to go somewhere, it's going to be really hard to drive if you don't have your license.

    March 12, 2012 at 10:33 pm |
  824. Essence

    When i saw this on student news i was so happy.I think personally this should be a law if you drive under the influence and put poeples life in danger your licence should be revoked.I have heard of plenty of teen dying from this.My friends best friend died because of a drunk driver.They should be stopped.If you are drunk you should know not to get in a car and drive you hhave been hearing this for years now.Imagine this kid hitting a persons car that just had a newborn baby not to long ago and the person dies.What would you tell the parent of the victum "oh ,um we are sorry" NO instead of being sorry do something about it.Stand up and make a change

    March 13, 2012 at 8:19 am |
  825. zachary

    he should not have lost his licenses forever hes a TEEN AGER teen agers are a little reckless every body makes mistakes I mean is this the right punishment for him he should have had his licenses taken away until hes 21 at lest

    March 13, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
  826. Danyelle

    I think that no one should have to get their lisents taken away permenaly. Everyone should have a chance to get their lisence......

    March 13, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
  827. Amanda

    In my opinion I think the punishment fits the crime. He should not of been driving like that. I would of put him in jail.

    March 13, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
  828. Reem

    I think it was very fair to revoke his licence permanently because, he was given a warning and did not take it serious enough so that is his punishment.

    March 13, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  829. Synnamin

    I think a lifetime suspension is way to harsh. Mabye a few years, to teach him to be responsible. He is young and still learning.

    March 13, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  830. Harrison

    It does and does not make sense I mean If you already had a suspended license then it does make sense but at the same time to not allow someone to not get a license in the state is basically forcing a person to move to another state which is unfair on so many levels

    March 13, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  831. Vanessa

    I would say that the judge did the right thing. Because the subject Nearly send two lives in great danger of his recklessness, and drove even when his license was revoked.

    March 13, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  832. Alex was here

    i dont think hes should permantly have his license taken away permantly. he sould have other punishments that are less extreme. do work son

    March 13, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  833. mermaid

    i Think that it was a little to harsh but knowing the offenses he was charged with before would have helped to know if this was to harsh or not.

    March 13, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  834. RED

    I think the judge made the right decision to permanently revoke the teenager's license. He had committed crimes before and this was just the final draw. Obviously giving the teen more chances was out of the picture because whenever they gave him a chance before, he went out and broke the law again. However, if the judge had really wanted the teenager to abstain from driving, he would have tried to prevent the teen from going to a different state to get a new license. The teen can still move out of the state and break the law elsewhere, but the judge did all he could.

    March 13, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  835. Jamie

    i think that it is a good idea because he broke the laws before and if they dont do somthing about it now he will probally do it again. So i think it was a good to make the dessicion to revoke his license. Drinking and drving is illigal and hes underage and thats illigal to, he broke the law and he had a suspended license and thats another law that he broke. so i think that the judge made a good dessicion to revokehis license.with the judge doing this might teach others a lesson not to be drinking and driving esspecialy when u are underaged.

    March 13, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  836. Charles

    i think that everyone has the rihgt to a second chance. if the child has broken laws he should pay for them but the law should provide him with the chance to make things rihgt and start over. and if no one was seriously injured and no one is pressing charges, why bother with revoking his license/

    March 13, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  837. Andrew

    After researching this I found that when the judge says "permanent" it might not be forever. In some states, they can reapply for a license later. And if he went to another state he could get a license there. This punishment is excessive because it cannot be completely controlled. Somehow, this teen could get his license back. And, people change! He might not be this reckless a year from now. This is a way too excessive.

    March 13, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
  838. Jackie

    I think it is COMPLETELY fair. He was given another chance, and he failed, so taking his license away for life is what he deserves. Teen drivers should seriously learn from this!

    March 13, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
  839. bridger

    this is way to far! maybe a couple years or five at the most but this is just a kid that made a mistake and should be given another chance when he gets older.

    March 13, 2012 at 10:42 pm |
  840. Tri-Minh

    I agree to have his license to revoke for some time but not permanently because he needed to drive to work, or to school. But he is too cocky to drive even after he drives without license. He should be in jail for some time to fix the mistake.

    March 13, 2012 at 11:07 pm |
  841. Robert

    well...the punishment was a little harsh but it should a twenty year license revoke.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  842. laurel

    i believe that taking the teens license was the right thing to do. but taking it for LIFE that is crazy. yes he wrecked a car with three kids in it . but for life no way i don't agree that is like the bill of rights law number 8 cruel and unusual punishment !

    March 14, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  843. Katrina

    I think this punishment was fair. If he is a wreakless driver and he is putting others in danger then he shouldn't be able to drive. If he really wanted to drive he could move to another state. It is not like he is banned from driving everywhere.This punishment should be given to to more people, because alot of people are horrible drivers and shouldn't be allowed to drive.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  844. Sarah

    I think this punishment was a teensy bit extreme. he should have it suspended for 10 years not forever.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  845. Sarahab

    I think this punishment was a teensy bit extreme. he should have it suspended for 10 years not forever.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  846. Morgan

    I think the punishment was a tad bit extreme for the crime. Yes, he shouldn't have been driving recklessly or with a suspended license. But, these things occur daily all over the nation, and others tend to get a lesser punishment. He should get his license revoked, but not for as long as his life.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  847. Hannah

    Forever is not a good punishment. A believe it should be taken away for about 10 years or so but he most definately needs to go back through classes. It is partially his parents fault for letting him drive.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  848. bridger

    revoked for life is way to much maybe for five years then he will be older and have better judgement.

    March 14, 2012 at 11:37 pm |
  849. bridger

    i can not even imagine not being able to drive for my entire life. now i am not saying that he should not be punished he definatly should just not so harsh.

    March 14, 2012 at 11:39 pm |
  850. bridger

    i think the judge should put himself in the persons shoes and picture not being able to drive since he was a teenager. i think he might think differently.

    March 14, 2012 at 11:40 pm |