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2012-01-01 08:30:47.690599+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

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#Comment Re: made: 2012-01-03 16:21:13.523033+00 by: jeff

Wow, no wonder our society is being "dumbed-down..."

Can you believe it?!?

#Comment Re: made: 2012-01-03 19:58:17.793248+00 by: Dan Lyke

I can believe it, but I think that it's another symptom of my overall issue with policing as we societally accept it.

A recent message from the Petaluma Police Department crowed "Advisory Message: DUI Task Force New Year’s Eve Update DUI Arrests Climb to 146 - 2 Crashes Last Night". The message mentions that:

A total of 2,407 vehicles passed through the two checkpoints. Of the vehicles through the checkpoints, 2,392 were screened by officers for signs of DUI and license checks. A total of 102 drivers were directed into a nearby parking area for further contact with officers for either DUI evaluation or drivers license checks.

How many people were arrested for DUI at these two operations? One. One other was arrested for cocaine posession, the other 27 were cited because their paperwork wasn't in order.

Now maybe it should have been a papers checkpoint. Maybe those drivers really do cause a tremendous accident rate. Certainly I'm sympathetic to the argument that drivers with suspended licenses (12 of those cited) shouldn't be driving, but if that's the case then why are we doing this in the guise of "DUI"?

Yeah, if your job is to participate in that sort of silliness, then smart people are going to move on shortly. My take is that we need to be policing more intelligently so that it pays to train and employ smart cops, but I also know that I am not a big demographic slice.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-01-04 03:02:16.63297+00 by: spc476

Employers are facing more uncertainty in the wake of a letter from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission warning them that requiring a high school diploma from a job applicant might violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Damn it, real life! Stop outclassing satire!