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Haul them off to jail

May 30, 2012 - Blaine Hyska
I’m for law and order as much as the next guy, but sometimes you have to step back and survey the overall picture.

A guy is in jail now because he was sitting drunk in his truck.

To hear him tell it, he was ice fishing with some buddies, had a few too many beers, and decided to sleep it off before driving home.

Is that being responsible? Sounds like a plan to me.

A police officer patrolling a boat landing area had a different idea. He spotted the inebriated angler, and promptly pulled him off to the pokey.

The fisherman was guilty of being over the limit sitting in a running vehicle. It’s an honest-to-goodness violation.

OK. I see how the situation could quickly synthesize into something more sinister, but come on — getting arrested for trying to sleep it off?

What are you supposed to do? No alcohol ever? The legal limit is .08. That’s about two beers in an hour. Ever been guilty of that on a hot afternoon?

I thought so.

To set the record straight, the officer did not overstep his bounds. The charge is real. The problem is the law.

Want to make the roads safe? Enforce the texting law.

That is, if someone is sitting at a boat landing texting in a running vehicle, consider it the crime that it is, and haul them off to jail.



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