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In defense of the man
After reading Vol. 2, No. 28, I had to comment. “Brian”
wrote into The Diver to complain about his buddies getting DUIs
and insinuate that pulling people over for drinking and driving
was all about generating revenue for the city. I feel compelled
to educate that poor guy.
Between the Durango Police Department and the La Plata County
Sheriff’s Office, I’d estimate that 15 to 25 subjects
are stopped and arrested for DUI every week. Do the city and
county generate revenue for these stops? Of course, but I can
promise you that no officer enjoys this particular part of the
job. DUI stops are the most unpredictable and potentially dangerous
situations an officer can get into, not to mention the tons
of paperwork they generate, as well as the necessity for the
officer to appear in court – many times on his/her day
off. I’d hazard a guess that at least half of the people
stopped and arrested have prior DUI’s on their records,
indeed, many of them are driving on suspended or revoked licenses.
The main point of this response, though, is to let “Brian”
know that, as much of a pain in the ass DUI stops are for the
officers, each and every one of them would rather do 100 than
be the one who responds to a DUI crash scene. One second can
and does change a life – or ends it – and I would
guarantee that anyone who survives a crash like that can tell
you that they never thought it would happen to them in a million
years and they thought they were “just fine to drive.”
The dead ones can’t tell you anything though, “Brian.”
That’s not even taking into consideration all the people
that drunken drivers kill and maim on the road every single
day of every single year. I bet none of the victims saw it coming,
either. But we’ve heard all of this before, haven’t
And if “Brian” isn’t buying any of the above,
I’d like to offer a little unsolicited advice to him and
his poor downtrodden and oppressed friends. If you think DUI’s
are just a money-making scam for local law enforcement agencies,
don’t drink and drive in Durango or La Plata County! After
all, isn’t that just playing right into their diabolical
plan? Don’t even give “the man” the chance
to keep you down! Do yourselves (and all the rest of us) a favor!
I know that the officers and the administration at the PD and
SO will think of other ways to generate income.
One more thing to that nutty girl in “Word on the Street”
in Volume 2, No. 19, who had the audacity to bitch about being
arrested on a felony for “SPITTING ON A POLICE OFFICER?!”
Heather, that is such a pretty story. Your parents must be proud.
Know what people in law enforcement call people like you? Job
security. I’m sure your name will pop up on the PD or
SO’s radio channels again real soon.