Safety Worth The Wait

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Editor:

This is in response to the letter written by Ms. Patricia Sheehan in Friday's paper regarding the sobriety checkpoint.

Ms. Sheehan, you stated throughout your letter how frightening and intimidating your experience was at the checkpoint. You also stated that you hoped your daughter, who was returning home to the Valley, had not had to experience the checkpoint.

I have something for you to ponder: Imagine your daughter, who was returning home, was hit by an intoxicated driver (who also missed the checkpoint) after he, or she, crossed the middle line, or pulled out in front of her, or ran a red light. Imagine this accident being fatal. In my opinion, this is a much more frightening scenario than being stopped at a DUI checkpoint. And, even worse, is the reality that his happens every day to so many innocent drivers and their families.

I, too, was stopped at the checkpoint after returning home from the movies with my 2-year-old daughter and my mother. Upon approaching the "bright lights," it was obvious what it was when we saw the lanes were restricted to only one. And, it was fast and simple.

We were stopped, asked a few questions, and because we were obviously not intoxicated, we were shortly on our way. I saw no manhandling, and did not feel that this was at all a frightening or intimidating experience.

While many will argue that this is a sort of violation of rights, I feel that it is more of a violation of my freedoms when someone else puts their life, and mine and my children's, in their hands when deciding to drive home intoxicated.

I have the right to drive with my children on roadways not overrun by unlawful, ignorant, irresponsible drinkers. I highly support any reasonable methods used to keep our roads even the least bit safe, and I feel that anyone who took even a moment to think out the consequences that drunk driving can have will feel the same.

J. McDowell, Payson

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