Don't Care If You Drink, Just Don't Drink And Drive

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Editor:

I read the article regarding Murphy's sentiments about the DUI patrol and I must say that his comments serve only to reinforce my opinion that he is a fool.

Now, if I may, I would very much like to ask him a few questions:

How does a man in your position; as a "Community Leader," justify such comments?

Do you have any idea how many people are killed each year by drunken drivers?

Are you aware that more often than not, the drunken driver survives a crash, but the persons he hits do not?

Are you available to make the call that every law enforcement officer dreads, the one where a family must be notified that their loved one was killed by a drunken driver, so an officer, who is working hard to prevent accidents, won't have to?

I am very much opposed to anyone driving after having even one drink, and I would be very supportive of a state law that sets a zero limit on drinking and driving, and further, I wish the legislature would pass a law that takes your license, for life, after one DUI conviction. Perhaps such a law would get the attention of people who are inclined to drink and drive, and maybe, just maybe, more folks would not drink and drive, and a few thousand lives would be spared.

For the record, I do not care who drinks, how much they drink, or why they drink. All who choose to party hardy, may do so as far as I am concerned, they are welcome to drink until they drop, and it is not any of my business, until, a drunk gets into a car and tries to drive on the same highway that I and my family drive on, then it is my business, and I can, have, and will, call the DPS and report a drunken driver in hopes that he or she is stopped before an "accident" occurs.

Jim Estess, Pine

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