While reading the Dec. 19 paper, I was very disappointed to find that Mayor Ken Murphy did not approve of Payson's DUI patrol. He stated that this was a "damper" on nightlife.
I do not want to lose a loved one or even my own life due to drunk drivers. These officers are saving lives, whether it is the drunk driver or somebody returning home for the holidays.
If someone does not put a stop to this, people are going to continue to die due to somebody's stupid decision to drive while under the influence.
The mayor also stated, "We want people to come here to our town."
I don't even want to live in Payson knowing that our mayor is opposed to officers pulling over drunk drivers. Why would somebody want to bring his or her children or family here for the holidays? Why would they want to risk their lives to visit Payson? Personally, I don't think the mayor is being a good influence on anybody in Payson.
Think about elementary students, middle school students, high school students, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, and even people without any family. Do you want to risk their lives because you want to go to a Christmas party, drink and then drive home? I am not willing to risk my life on that. I am a sophomore in high school, and right now I have a lot going for myself. How am I supposed to fulfill my dreams if I have been paralyzed by a driver under the influence?
Please correct me if I am wrong, but being the mayor, part of his responsibility is to protect the people of the town. He is not going to do a very good job if he opposes officers pulling over drunks and arresting them.
Let the officers do their jobs. I don't think officers are getting paid enough. Every day, they save lies and help people. It seems like nobody appreciates officers, and neither does the mayor.
Samantha Elliott, Payson High School sophomore