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MARDI GRAS RIPPED

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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LKirkland

Feb-12-13 4:21 AM

I completely agree with the police on this matter. I have written to previous mayors about it with no response. There are plenty ways to raise money for charities that are much safer than this. Please stop the madness!

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JustSomeGuy

Feb-12-13 4:43 AM

A few years ago a lady was killed by a motorist going the wrong way on 180. I believe that was during Mardi Gras also but I'm not sure. Mardi Gras is just another example of the lifestyle that's so prevalent in this town. You're right, LKirkland there are many other ways to raise money. We don't need city sponsored drunken parties.

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MrShaman

Feb-12-13 5:43 AM

"Mardi Gras is just another example of the lifestyle that's so prevalent in this town." - JustSomeGuy

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What's that...getting "loaded"...'cause there's so little else, to do?

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wwhickok

Feb-12-13 6:17 AM

I've never gone down to Mardi Gras, Never felt the desire to do so. This year, just driving through the area I saw cops all over the place, outside the cell block and Barrel 135, I saw two ladies literally holding up another in between them as they made a failing attempt to walk down the street because they don't know when to quit drinking. Honestly, this isn't New Orleans, we have enough trouble here as it is. They need to get rid of Mardi Gras.

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eric88

Feb-12-13 6:26 AM

"Why do we continue to promote an annual event that creates circumstances that only increases the chances of such tragedies?" Solomon said.

Because of the easy money/fines, opportunities for police overtime and new recruits to the county Justice system silly. Keeps your fellow revenue collectors relevant. Not to mention all the income for the doorstep lawyers.

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eric88

Feb-12-13 6:34 AM

Yet again ill explain the logical solution to the problem. Zero tolerance(.0) instead of the game thare in place now(.08). Interlock system in EVERY VEHICLE PERIOD! Use the money that MADD receives in lobby money and fine restitution to defeat the costs.

Unfortunately this would never happen. The agencies in charge enjoy the game too much. Besides if these rules were enacted the courts would be freed up to pursue other relevant crime. And just maybe the county wouldn't have to waste money on a new jail.

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ericwilliamsport

Feb-12-13 6:35 AM

No matter what you ban or cancel or discontinue, nothing will account for people being stupid. Whats next? Williamsport cancels Thanksgiving eve and Christmas eve as part of its efforts to teach people a lesson. All bars are ordered to be open for lunch and dinner only with a 1 drink maximum to stay under the 0.08. Wheres the newspaper article that says "Mardi Gras a success, 5,000 people celebrate and drink responsibly and make it home alive, going the right direction down the street or highway in their cab or trolley or designated driver's car?

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eric88

Feb-12-13 6:46 AM

Wheres the newspaper article that says "Mardi Gras a success, 5,000 people celebrate and drink responsibly and make it home alive.

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!

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Progressive

Feb-12-13 6:49 AM

The DUI task force embellishes a lot because they want to feel important. Risking a catastrophe? Give me a break! Mardi Gras has the potential to be a revenue generator for the city and a great thing. But DUIs are a revenue generator for the DA's Office. Unfortunately, the police who are sitting there shooting ducks in a barrel have single handedly quashed another event in Williamsport. Bravo! Ruin some working people's lives and get quoted in the paper. Sickening.

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oldbilltown

Feb-12-13 7:00 AM

The people in this article are no where near the .08 limit, or the old .10 limit for that matter. Much of the DUI task force arrests are about pulling over people exhibiting no probable cause(in check point stops), snagging them for 09. This reports on a more productive type of policing that is observing for serious, very dangerous cases of driving (probably from people who are 2x,3x maybe 4x over the limit), and focusing on stopping and arresting them.

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eric88

Feb-12-13 7:11 AM

What about the number of county corrupt cops who get nailed for corruption or stupidity? Hardly ever reaches the public's ears or eyes. That is when the county's powers that be don't squash/seal their charges before they hit the paper. There could be at least 5% of participants that fit this description warranting an elevation of that argument to panic levels to mirror the Marco gras debacle.

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rick424

Feb-12-13 7:15 AM

Good job guys, pull them all over and throw them in jail. Driving drunk is like carrying a loaded weapon. Unless the right can figure out this is our 2nd amendment right, there is no excuse for driving under the influence, even "buzzed" as they call it is wrong. Promoting this activity is just as bad.

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Josh84

Feb-12-13 7:16 AM

Progressive Feb-12-13 6:49 AM****"Bravo! Ruin some working people's lives and get quoted in the paper. Sickening."

Nobody's pouring alcohol down anyones throat and then arresting them for getting behind the wheel.

Make responsible grown up decisions and the "working people's" lives wont be ruined.

Take responsibility for ruining your own life if you choose to do so.

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Josh84

Feb-12-13 7:19 AM

rick424 Feb-12-13 7:15 AM***"Unless the right can figure out this is our 2nd amendment right"

Its ridiculous for you to think that the "right" would be in support of Drunk driving.

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ericwilliamsport

Feb-12-13 7:23 AM

I don't want to be misunderstood. DUI is a very serious issue and I'm glad the police were able to thwart any serious problems with these incidents mentioned. However the fines and penalties should be so severe that you wouldnt even think of getting behind a wheel. The fact that you can get a lawyer for $1000 and skate the severity of the issue is troubling. I hope I'm never dumb enough to be someone mentioned in these articles as DUI. Education, awareness and steep penalty for DUI is the only ammunition here. Not reducing or further regulating celebration.

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eric88

Feb-12-13 7:28 AM

Rick424- Unless the right can figure out this is our 2nd amendment right,

Are you that much of a knuckle-dragging idiot? Total irrelevance to this topic. go to one of the other topics on guns so you can recite garbage that Rachel Marrow told you last night.

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wwhickok

Feb-12-13 7:39 AM

First of all, Eric..are you seriously posting from two different screen names to get twice as many disagree opportunities?

And as far as the whole "ruin a working persons life", they did that the moment they risked killing someone by drinking and driving. The sympathy for these idiots makes me sick. We didn't have these problems PRIOR to bringing in Mardi Gras (not as frequently). These issues are taking place as a result of the 'event'. It hasn't ALWAYS been here, there isn't any good reason to keep it. We don't need another excuse for people to act like drunken idiots. And a political reference to people supporting drinking and driving...give me a f-ing break. Someone kills my family when they're driving drunk they better hope they go to jail!

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wwhickok

Feb-12-13 7:41 AM

Actually eric, I think the 2nd amendment comment was dead on. The point was that there is a lot of scrutiny about the dangers with guns, yet when it comes to drinking and driving, which also is a very dangerous issue, people like yourself seem more than willing to sweep it under the rug. Drinking and Driving kills people. Unfortunately it's usually not the person who was stupid enough to drink and drive that gets killed. Drinking & Driving and killing someone is Vehicular Manslaughter aka Murder.

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Josh84

Feb-12-13 7:46 AM

@WWHICKOK, I wouldn't place the blame on the event however. The event can be easily enjoyed without getting wasted and driving. Responsible individuals can either not become intoxicated to the point of not being able to get behind the wheel, or they can get hammered and have a plan in place for doing so(Cab, DD, Walk).

This is more about individuals taking responsibility for their actions and acting like "grown ups". Using logic and proper decision making skills to act appropriately.

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Josh84

Feb-12-13 7:50 AM

wwhickok Feb-12-13 7:41 AM***"people like yourself seem more than willing to sweep it under the rug."

Lets be clear that not all individuals who believe in the 2nd amendment approve of, or are willing to "sweep under the rug" DUI offenses.

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ericwilliamsport

Feb-12-13 7:55 AM

I'm not the same person as eric88, not sure who that is. And I really don't care about agrees and disagrees. I care more about the discussion and debate.

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eric88

Feb-12-13 7:59 AM

wwhickok, please read my post slowly so you can comprehend.

I Promoted a new and effective law--Zero tolerance and ignition interlock on every vehicle--car will not start, therefore drunk will be unable to drive. The DUI problem is therefore solved.

Or you can support the current game of .08. Ties up the court system, people still get slaughtered on the highways. But the back and forth bickering can continue.

The current system is a revenue game with absolutely no intention of solving the crisis. All it does is whoop up the sheeple with rubbish articles for more funding etc.....I am pointing out the absurdity of the current failed system promoting a growing problem. Any questions?

By the way, unlike some of your pals on here only one user name for me

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MrShaman

Feb-12-13 8:08 AM

"The DUI task force embellishes a lot because they want to feel important." - Progressive

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Yeah...sure...who WOULDN'T be envious o' those folks who need to deal with drunks...people who are (by nature) some o' the most-"civil"?

When you're old-enough to frequent bars, you'll understand.

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wwhickok

Feb-12-13 8:16 AM

Some of my Pals? I'd love to hear you explain that one? Who do you think my 'pals' are?

As far your comments Josh, I'm not 'blaming' the event, what I'm saying is that the event encourages it. I agree with a zero tolerance. Eric, I wasn't saying YOU were the one acting like it wasn't a big deal, though I did get that vibe from another post or two.

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spike2

Feb-12-13 8:16 AM

Eric88- cops are not county, they are city.The problem is the inability or unwillingness of people to control their own behavior. .09 is legal intoxication. The police do not have the ability to "fudge" the results. The breathalyzer will get an initial read. Blood is drawn at the DUI center and sent to the lab for analysis. The lab serves multiple areas. The lab is no part of the city or county. Every DUI has the right to trial and to their own expert to challenge blood results. I don't know where you got the idea that an interlock is feasible or necessary for everyone. Do you think your grandmother needs an interlock? The cost would be a sanction on those who do not drink or never have more than 1 or 2 drinks. Josh - I rarely agree with you but as to DUI, I am in complete agreement. Finally, although Mardi Gras is considered a "drink fest", New Year's Eve has the greatest number of imbibers over the limit. Should we cancel New Years Eve? Responsibility is the issu

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