Tuesday, October 29, 2013

DUI Dishonor Roll

There but for the grace of God (and APD)

Although it was a relatively quiet weekend for rowdy off campus parties -- what appears to be a trend this fall -- the negative effects of too much alcohol still continues to reverberate around our little "college town."  Consider this just the first of a two part report.

Amherst police arrested two young men -- both age 20 -- within hours of each other late Saturday night/early Sunday morning for Driving Under the Influence.  The most egregious, Miguel T. Ellis, drew attention to himself by driving half the length of Triangle Street on the WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD.  And it was not all that late at night (11:58 PM).

Mr. Ellis's dangerous weapon  is escorted off Triangle Street by Ernie's Towing


And then we have the wrath of David Kahn:


Anonymous said...

But Larry, isn't it a waste of valuable town money to only use one side of a street? Isn't it more civic minded to use *both* sides???


Anonymous said...

Anon 2:26 brings us a very good point here. Maybe these DUI drivers are onto something. They are maximizing our town resources. Maybe town meeting could put aside $25,000 to do a study to understand the efficiencies gained by encouraging more drivers to use all available locations on and adjacent to our roadways. Of course the drivers will need to be a little drunk to think outside the box.

An increase is drinking will increase tax revenue from meals tax. More driving means more gas tax. More crashes would be more work for mechanics, paramedics, and medical staff. Maybe we could turn a blind eye to the legal issue and cut police staff, saving the town even more money.

I think we are really onto something here. A study is really the way to go. Larry do you think you are up for making such a motion on the floor of town meeting.

This study has to be at least as useful as the barn and outbuilding study.

Anonymous said...

Just curious, LK, do you do these mash-up photos yourself? I can picture you having a large catalog of grizzly wreck scenes that you pore over, looking for the nastiest accidents.

Larry Kelley said...

Kind of.

I do a Google search on images under "car accidents due to alcohol" and then change the search terms ever so slightly each time so the return order is slightly different each time.

Anonymous said...

You can't just steal images from Google. You need to purchase them from stock photography sites like everyone else. Someone can conduct a quick TinEye search, find your stolen images, and sue you.

Larry Kelley said...

Since they are all posted by concerned citizens or organizations fighting the scourge of drunk driving, I think not.