^ But if the person in the vehicle that was hit decides it is not worth the risk, then society loses when the drunkard hits someone and kills them.
Here are a few things to consider;
As it stands, the alleged drunkard now has a year to hit and kill someone.
If the case is so weak the victim doesn't think it's worth the risk, the state itself is also unlikely to prosecute.
Allowing citizens to use private courts would go a long way towards alleviating current backlogs. Even if the alleged victim in this case in unwilling to try a loser-pays private court, her case would be heard earlier than now, as many would have taken the private option.
In all respects, access to a private judiciary would be a win for society.