Some guy's friend gets killed by a drunk driver and he decides to do something about it. He starts a service to keep drunks off the road by offering free rides home. It turns out that Quincy, Illinois, is well stocked with semi-responsible drunks, so "business" booms. He adds another car to the service, and eventually a bus. Local taxi companies are not amused.
Safe Ride, Bernalillo County's program that offers bar hoppers free rides to and from home, will see a $20,000 increase in funding next year, but one of drunk driving's biggest opponents says it's a bad idea.
"I have a big problem with that," said Linda Atkinson with the DWI Resource Center. "The victims we work with and the victims that MADD works with los their jobs, lose their homes. They lose everything and there's no pot of money that helps them."
"It's almost like we created an industry to help take care of these offenders and the victims be damned. And I think that is so wrong."
ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. -- The Elizabethton Police Department and a local mother are at odds over the safety of her ten-year-old daughter. The girl rides her bike to and from Harold McCormick School every day -- one mile each way. Investigators contacted Child Protective Services last week. They think the route is dangerous. The mother, Teresa Tryon, says she knows what's best for her child.
Restaurants and bars are whacked with county health violations if they so much as operate a dysfunctional dishwasher, and yet cops are given free reign to swagger through businesses on horseback in some kind of bizarre display of letting the scum know who their bosses are.
This helps illustrate something most of us already know. Cops give other Cops something they call "Professional Courtesy." This means that one cop will give another a pass whenever their power of discretion allows it (and possibly when is does not). Also, if you are familiar with the generic cop mindset, the world is generally divided into 2 groups- cops and their families, and everyone else.
Councilman Jim Righeimer of Costa Mesa was targeted for harassment by private eye employed by Police Union lawyers. The private dick called police claiming Jim Righeimer was drunk when he was not. The cops then went to his house and made him do a sobriety test after he had been home for some time.