Mass State Police arrested just over 5,000 drunk drivers last year
Just as last month's "Blarney Blowout" acted as a terrible turning point for town and UMass officials who now, finally, seem serious about addressing rowdy off campus student behavior (besides handing out oatmeal cookies) Saturday's shenanigans should also act as a wake up call on drunk driving.
Before someone gets killed.
At the very least it's time for another State Police "sobriety checkpoint" and this time it should be in the heart of UMass (North Pleasant Street) or Amherst town center.
Amherst police arrested four drunk drivers on Saturday late afternoon into early Sunday morning. Yes, four. All of them UMass students. Most of them at times of the day when working folks and their families are going about their daily routine.
Like the head on, wrong way collision in the busiest intersection in Amherst town center at 4:55 PM on a busy Saturday which resulted in the arrest of Taylor Estupinan, age 22. How many of you were out and about Saturday around that time, sharing the road with a potential killer?
Raymond F. Racine
Or how about Raymond F. Racine also age 22, who almost ran over a cop at the Hobart Lane checkpoint?
Joint APD UMPD checkpoint Hobart Lane, hard to miss, but not if you're drunk
Or Matthew Collins, age 20, who committed hit and run on a grove of arborvitaes on Pine Street before dusk on Saturday. Arrested for DUI and a bevy of other charges related to negligent operation of a deadly weapon.
Or Briana Virginia Roy, age 21, arrested for DUI early Sunday morning after drawing attention to her drunken self by speeding and following a car to closely. A potentially deadly combination.
Like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, drunk drivers bring on sorrow and misery. These four Perps were lucky to have survived.
And so were we.