Friday, February 2, 2007

Department of Redundancy Department

I thought it was a joke. I thought maybe someone had hacked into the news organizations and posted a false story about another New York area cop driving drunk and injuring somebody. Alas, it is not the case. This time the DUI award goes to John Duggan, 41, an NYPD detective - not just your regular beat cop. The victim - whose name has yet to be released - is in critical condition with head injuries at Elmhurst General Hospital in Queens. Mr. Duggan was taken to the same hospital, suffering from a broken ankle and injuries to his dome. No word on the detectives BAC or whether or not he will be suspended.

Three police officers have been arrested for driving under the influence in just a little over a week in the New York metro area. Lucky for the JCPD and the NYPD, I am not a man of stereotypes, but this high rate of driving under the influence for police officers in the area cannot be good for those impressionable youth learning about the way our society works, or anybody willing to tack on the characteristic of drunk driving to any man in blue. The problem with drunk driving is that the perpetrator usually lives - it is the innocent person unfortunate enough to get in the way of the drunk driver who usually suffers the most. Now don't take this statement as me saying all drunk drivers should die, I am just saying that the act of getting behind the wheel a little sauced may seem like it is only affecting the driver, but it is crucial to remember that those at the highest risk of drunk drivers are the sober people driving near them. Let's hope that Detective John Duggan's victim lives and that the police in the tri-state area decide to follow the law that they are sworn to uphold. Peace.

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