Letters from the week of September 16, 2004

It's almost tempting to go out and about on a weekend night, leave a bar totally sober (and with nothing else in your system) and lure a few of these bloodsucking, Zell Miller-wanna-be cops into a frustrating non-DUI stop. You know, just act a little goofy, refuse to take all their tests, pass the ones they make you take and see what happens.
Peter Anderson, via the Internet

A victim's outrage: About "How to Commit Attempted Murder, and Get Away With It":

As a victim, I am outraged by your reckless disregard for others' safety. How can you post a cover story about avoiding DUIs while there are more than 17,000 alcohol-related deaths each year in this country -- one every 30 minutes? I am dumbfounded as to why a newspaper would encourage this sort of illegal activity.

Those who choose to drink and drive are not victims of police harassment. Police are there to serve and protect; they keep you and me safe from people who break the law. If you have to suffer the indignity of being pulled over to ensure the safety of me and my family, so be it. I support them 100 percent.

In January of this year, my best friend of 14 years was senselessly slaughtered by a drunk driver. This was not an accident, but a choice that that driver made. My friend was not given the privilege of monitoring how much the woman had to drink. My other best friend lost his father to an impaired driver. Families and loved ones at home suffered their own sentences.

Here are some statistics you failed to use:

Even experienced drinkers are significantly impaired at .08. The results of nearly 300 studies reviewed show that, at .08 blood alcohol content, virtually all drivers are impaired, which includes in critical driving tasks such as divided attention, complex reaction time, steering, lane changing and judgment. And alcohol-related crashes in the United States cost the public an estimated $114.3 billion in 2000.

The real victims of your article are the 17,000-plus individuals murdered every year, not to mention the families and friends left in the wake. No way should this be tolerated, and this should never be encouraged.
Jason Blackstock, Phoenix

MADD money: Great article! Bruce Rushton really told the truth about the DUI situation. It's nothing but a moneymaking racket for police jurisdictions, which are pushed into action by MADD. I notice that even MADD, according to your article, says drivers at .15 and up are the real problem.

But why should these jurisdictions even listen to MADD when they are garnering so damn much revenue out of DUI arrests? A lot of lawyers in Phoenix would go broke if the legal limit were at .10 where it used to be. Thanks for giving us the straight dope.
J.P. Patterson, Phoenix

Sending the wrong message: Considering that every 30 minutes someone in America dies as a result of an alcohol-related accident, I really don't believe that .08 is too low.

I was really shocked when I picked up New Times: "Here's How to Drink and Drive and Get Away With It." It was the first article I flipped to. I didn't feel any better after reading it.

I usually love your paper, and I usually agree with most of the points you make. But I have never read something so irresponsible, inconsiderate and juvenile in your paper. Life isn't one big frat party. If you're not mature enough to admit you can't drive after a night of drinking, you're not mature enough to drink in the first place.

This article has sent completely the wrong message. How many underage readers do you think picked up this paper? How many drunk drivers do you think will now get away free and clear?

You should know better.
Name withheld by request

Vicious cycle: Interesting point that you get in far more legal trouble for drunken driving than for running over (while sober) someone on a bicycle -- even if the cyclist dies. That says volumes about Arizona's DUI laws.
Name withheld by request

And you know this how?: Does God read your stinker rag? I think not! First of all, He doesn't approve of drinking under any circumstances. Secondly, He hates the drunk driver. He also hates liberals like Bruce Rushton. He hates them a lot.

I'm just shocked and outraged at what this world has come to! I'm amazed that the government allows a magazine to print a guide to driving after drinking.

Zell Miller said at the Republican convention that soldiers are responsible for freedom of the press, not reporters. He's sure right! The only thing he might have added is that God had something to do with it, and that's the only reason I'm not for censorship of New Times.
Johnson Henry, Sun City

Fools rush in: Bruce Rushton is a fool, and completely immoral to have written what he did. Children could read this crap and think it's cool to drink and drive. Shame on you, Bruce!
Larry Rogers, via the Internet

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