Re: protecting the community
By Jessica Mathews
June 04, 2005
Jeff, I saw your letter.
You pose an interesting question. I would challenge you to
look up the statutes for DWI/DUI. Being proactive starts with
the community itself. The average DWI offender has approximately
200 prior incidents of driving under the influence prior to being
arrested. Police officers are not counselors, social workers
or parents. Protecting the public begins with being responsible
and accountable for your own actions. If you make the choice
to stagger down the street so be it, once you drive off, the
consequences are the offenders lot. Out of the numerous crimes
that happen, it is the DWI offender that can have such a wide
range of innocent victims.
Rather than fault the police
for following the letter and intent of the law, please, put the
blame on the abuser and not the enforcer. An officer can not
babysit an adult that is intoxicated until they sober up and
are able to drive. Without an arrest, a person can just return
after the officer leaves the scene.
Protecting the public is everyone's
job and it starts with being responsible for your own actions.
Judgement of the police is not an issue for me. The impaired
judgement of someone under the influence is. This is a small
town, with just a few roads that we all share. I'll thank the
police for doing their job every time an impaired driver is taken
off the road.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
the community By Jeff Kemp - Juneau, AK - USA
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