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DUI Task Force helps prevent tragedies after weekend event

February 12, 2013

Less than an hour after pulling over a drunken driver traveling south in the northbound lanes of Route 220 in the city early Sunday morning, two members of the county’s DUI Task Force stopped a......

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Feb-13-13 8:45 AM

Sadly they will "Upgrade" the current YMCA Arena which will eventually fail because it will not be large enough to support quality entertainment outside the annual outdoor expo (woohoo). The owner will in turn cry to the city for help and the city will step in and throw money at it making it a far worse situation, all the while an outside area such as the greater mall area will see the benefits of a larger arena and step up and once again steal the cities thunder and build a suitable place once again stealing the cities revenue streams. Williamsport is and always will be a college town with nothing better to do than go out and have a few drinks and thats it. DUI is a ugly side effect of society and has ruined countless lives but again such as other society issues there is no cure or solution other than to stay vigilant and protect your own well being. Its appalling for the DUI task force to call for ending any events since as i have stated in previous posts DUI stops fund th

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Feb-13-13 8:37 AM

Util this City wakes up and elects folks who actually know what they are doing and actually care about the city and its residents things will never get better it will be more of the same. Start with strengthening the city codes enforcement, force landlords to fix their blighted properties and stop the slumlord mentality that landlords have. Stop overtaxing the small business owners out of business and start taxing the large businesses to pay their fair share. Again so starved are they, they will allow businesses such as Kohls to come in and all kinds of special tax breaks yet they will raise taxes on the small shop down the street and put them out of business. Allow a arena project in the area to actually happen, this area could easily support an arena such as the one in Wilkes Barre, again if you build it they will come from all over. Folks dont want to drive 2 hours one way for quality entertainment.

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Feb-13-13 8:32 AM

Williamsport's biggest issue are those who reside in City Hall from the Mayor to all those on City Council. Until they actually learn how to run a town properly and not treat it as some large metropolis they will continue to have issues. They are so desperate for additional streams of revenue every year just to hit budgets they go out and make horrible decisions such as adding Hockey Outdoors in the dead of winter with a league that can barely stay afloat. Who's bright idea was this anyway?? I am all for Hockey in the area I love Hockey but really no one in city hall could of researched this better? Every "New Idea" seems to backfire because there is a rush to judgement without proper investigaton of the long term outcomes. Case in point the idea to accept State and Federal Funding to open Rehab centers in Williamsport to accept those from other larger Cities with drug and alcohol problems to the area and give them low cost housing etc... That was a Grand Idea...

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Feb-13-13 8:26 AM

There will never be a solution to the DUI problem no matter how much gov tries to prevent it, it will not go away. Its just another unfortunate reality that we all must face daily. Let's face it there are two Colleges in the City of Williamsport which will always attract business folks to open new bars and taverns and why not they are huge money makers and serve as a way to fill the business minded folks void of business ownership within the city limits which has been destroyed by countless city gov administrations over the years. The only thing left in town to do is go out to the bars especially for the young 20 sometings and college kids. Until other forms of entertainment are established within the city this will unfortunately be the case.

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Feb-12-13 11:07 PM

i havent seen much mentioned about the bar owners, and the bartenters,if these bar owners / bartenders didnt serve visibly intoxicated people most of them would be out of business, just go out and see for yourself, night after night,bar after bar, they just keep serving it up to patrons that cant talk and cant walk,and right back up to the bar they go and get served another round,funny that every bar owner will claim their bar " dont serve VIPS " YEAH RIGHT who are they trying to kid , i have worked at several and the order comes from the top down,and it usually goes something like this " if we remove all the VIPS there will be no one left in the bar, which means no profits for me and no tips for you" , im dontwant to put all the blame on the bars , the drinkers need to be responsible too, and some with a high tolerance are very good at disguising their level of intoxication, but the fact is the bar owners are not into this because they enjoy the hobby, they a

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Feb-12-13 9:56 PM

I saw something interesting the other day at "The Joint," they had a public breathalyzer machine..

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Feb-12-13 8:21 PM

Those who had a family member kill by a drunk driver will think different.

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Feb-12-13 6:06 PM

Typical liberal, knee-jerk reaction: ban Mardi Gras!

OK, if we ban Mardi Gras, then we do away with the DUI task force.

No?! Why?

It does not solve the problem? There will still be drunks on New Year's Day and other events?

So banning Mardi Gras does not solve the problem?

No, but liberals can feel better about themselves.

The FACT remains that people will get drunk and drive. Some do not need a holiday, or other exuse, for this behavior.

There are better answers.

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Feb-12-13 6:03 PM

Heart disease kills more people than drunk drivers do. Fast food is 100 percent preventable. Why isn't Solomon setting up a McDonald's Taskforce? His department hangs out there anyway... they might as well be saving lives while they are there.

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Feb-12-13 5:16 PM

This just goes to show how educated the powers that be in Williamsport are. Capitalized on an artificial holiday that includes excessive drinking.......What could possibly go wrong?????? The sad part is it took untill now till they realized there was a problem. You can't smoke anymore in a public bar and you can drink more than one beer in a public bar. What's the point of even leaving the house at this point??

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Feb-12-13 5:11 PM


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Feb-12-13 4:59 PM

How stupid, do you think you can only build bars in this city and not have drunks and people getting killed try having a nice day out with your family in this place IMPOSSIBLE the drunks the dope heads and the people walking around GD,ing this and MF,ing that yea its a real nice place I bet the ones in charge never do anything in this city with the family, no they go somewhere else.

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Feb-12-13 1:49 PM

Too drunk to know which side of the road to drive on? Too drunk to realize you destroyed a sign? Now how many were too drunk to NOT have safe sex?

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Feb-12-13 1:19 PM

btw, that's not me advocating to have bars shut down. I just think we have too many of them and frankly...a lot of them aren't very good bars. Maybe we'd have less drunken idiots if anyone in this town new how to make a drink. (yes that was a joke).

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Feb-12-13 1:07 PM

I don't disagree with you Jamie, however, it tends to be a few more than a few. Frankly, this issue goes beyond Mardi Gras. We have too many*****bars in this city.

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Feb-12-13 12:44 PM

I am against taking away freedoms from all because a few abuse theirs wether its alcohol, guns, speech ect.

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Feb-12-13 11:47 AM


Thank you for the kind words. I am merely looking at the problem from a "logical" standpoint. Trying to come up with a viable SOLUTION to this epidemic. Unlike your "emotion" based response. After all are you accusing me of "playing off statistics when human lives are in danger?" The same EXACT way our police, madd, news agencies, and bureaucrats do daily? Have a wonderful day!

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Feb-12-13 11:41 AM

Additionally (hadn't read RexJag's comment yet) I do believe your idea, as does mine, both have flaws, but I don't think you can find a flawless plan. Also, hypothetically speaking if an interlock system was put into place, if someone had their friend blow in it for them; the penalty should be tripled if/when they're caught.

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Feb-12-13 11:36 AM

eric, I think you're misunderstanding me. I'm not 'not supporting your idea'. I think your idea, despite the criticism it's receiving is a fair and quality suggestion. My point is simply that I, and only speaking for myself, as a citizen am okay with the 'delay' a sobriety check point causes if it's doing it's job. However, the real debate is, are they doing their job?

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Feb-12-13 6:46 AM

"Its not there because it dosen't fit the agenda. We need more cops, more programs, more jails, more judges, and more lawyers to harness the increasing need to police the .000001% of participants that screw up!

eric88, YOU ARE AN IDIOT! Pure and simple. Quoting percentages when human lives are at risk because of drunk drivers.

You, and others that think like you are pathetic! Devaluing human life to just a "percentage".

God Bless our police who do their job!

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Feb-12-13 11:05 AM

Eric88, any procedure can be circumvented. If that Bar Patron doesn't want to turn in his keys, knowing he had that option, he doesn't have to. But, it would show that the tavern is doing something to address the problem.

Your interlock solution has weaknesses, as a drunk could have a sober friend blow into it for them. right?

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Feb-12-13 10:30 AM

RexJag, Good idea but.... key check person "coat and keys please", bar patron "I walked here/rode the bus(even if they drove)", key check person "okey dokie, go on in"---or the guy that dosent consume his alcohol in a bar?

And again that 1%easily slips through the system and becomes a stat for outrage articles in the paper.

Interlock! Every vehicle! Problem over! Or continue with the wildly elaborate batman entrapment schemes.

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Feb-12-13 10:15 AM

Excellent letter, goodbye Mardi Gras!

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Feb-12-13 10:08 AM

The solution here is very simple. An establishment (such as a Tavern) has a "key check" room, similar to the hat check or coat check rooms of days past. If you want to celebrate, turn in your keys -period. The "key check" would be run by an off-duty or retired police officer, deputy, or fireman. When trying to retrieve your keys, you'd be give a breathalizer test. If you pass, you get your keys. If not, you get a Cab or designated driver. This sytem would be a great chance to educate people, give people a second chance to rethink their condition, and be an example of due-diligence and responsibility by the tavern owner - and possibly limit their liability at the same time. SIMPLE.

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Feb-12-13 9:30 AM

---- if you haven't been drinking what's it matter? I'd rather be inconvenienced for safety and law abiding reasons.--

My all time favorite debate argument! If you are in agreement of that philosophy then why not a mandatory interlock in every vehicle? Defray the cost of it from madd money for current vehicles. It would be easy and cheap to include with newly produced vehicles.

Just wonder why the support for the current failed system? A big no to stopping the problem before it starts, but yes to the cat and mouse game currently in place?? Really? Makes no sense...

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