Henry County's Circuit Clerk was arrested over Labor Day weekend and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.I can't help but feel for this person, though of course, we all know we shouldn't drink and drive. But the fact that she's a public official means she gets the spotlight in the paper, and it's also a "there but for the grace of God, go most of us" sort of story.
Debra J. Doss, 50, of Galva, was arrested at 10:21 p.m. Sept. 3, by Illinois State Police at the intersection of Illinois Route 78 and Prospect Street in Kewanee, according to court records.
Records indicate Ms. Doss' blood alcohol level was .150. The legal limit is .08.
Ms. Doss was stopped during a roadside safety check, according to court records. The report said she had a strong odor of alcohol, slurred speech and uncoordinated actions.
It was Ms. Doss' first DUI arrest, records indicate. Her first court date is scheduled for Oct. 10.
I may be wrong, but I suspect a very great number of people out there, even the otherwise completely responsible and upright readers here, might get behind the wheel while over the very low legal intoxication limit. These dragnet checkpoint deals that cops run have got to be a goldmine, and there's an aspect of them that really, really sticks in my craw.
There seems to be something inherently unfair about busting someone stuck in a checkpoint. They could be utterly safe, even more than a person on a cell phone or turned around backwards fighting with screaming kids, yet they're busted just as hard and suffer the same consequences, all things being equal, as the idiot who gets behind the wheel so drunk they couldn't crawl a straight line.
Surely the cops have their hands full busting drivers who are obviously drunk or who come to their attention by speeding, weaving, having lights out, or other violations. Do they really need to resort to stopping every single driver to see if they've had more than two drinks in the past couple hours?
I suspect cops see it more as a revenue mining opportunity than a public safety effort. And after all, they just stand around pulling people over and writing tickets. Easy money. Beats going out and actually having to work to find bad drivers I guess. But it somehow doesn't seem quite fair.
What's your opinion?