Sunday, January 29, 2006


I don't know about you but I think that someone charged with a DUI should have more than a few hours in a jail and a $1,000 fine. I mean damn, the commissioner's blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit. He sideswiped a car while changing lanes and was so drunk he didn't even know he'd hit anyone. The guy he sideswiped had to chase him down to let him know what happened. Fortunately he only caused about $300 worth of damage to each vehicle but he could have killed someone.

I thought we were tough on drunk driving? I thought we absolutely had ZERO TOLERANCE for those who drink and drive?

Guess it depends on who you are. If you're a politician, it's all different. I saw this years ago, a black county commissioner gets into a one-car accident, hits a tree, gets his blood taken by a cop and it comes back twice the legal limit. The commissioner claimed he hadn't been drinking, that it had been something to do with going to the dentist earlier that day I think. Anyway I recall a brief cry of racism then the State Attorney dropping the charges because a judge ruled the blood was illegally obtained from Chestnut. Incidentally the guy later admitted he had a few glasses of wine earlier in the day. There was in fact a bottle of alcohol in his car. He got off on a technicality when he should have been serving time.

Florida drivers licenses clearly state "Operation of a motor vehicle constitutes consent to any sobriety test required by law"

If you drive a motorized vehicle in Florida you are automatically consenting to have your blood drawn for alcohol. That's it, plain and simple.

I wonder what will come of this recent case. Of course the perp apologized to his constituents for the embarassment he caused us (why? I am not embarassed by his actions one bit), he accepted responsibility for his actions, and he entered a alcohol abuse treatment program.

It is being reported that he has a drinking problem and attributes that to why he is so adamant about pursuing stricter anti-alcohol laws. He opposes extended bar hours, has been instrumental in tough ordinances that make parties in college-student dominated areas more difficult and he also supports keg registration laws. The guy is a teacher in the community, a professional and a representative of our best interests. He helps create local legislation that directly affects our lives. He is also a hypocrite. If he had a drinking problem, he should have entered rehab a long time ago, not when he got caught. entered the alcohol abuse program.

Yeah he's one of those guys who thinks that just because he can't control himself, the rest of us can't either. News flash---don't punish me for your blatant irresponsibility.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous1/31/2006

    Okay, I had to go look the story up to see who the commissioner is. He just so happens to be the only conservative member on the commission. I side with he should step down. That is the difference with conservatives and liberals. We hold our elected representatives to a higher level and don't make excuses for them. No one came out against Chesnut because he is liberal and he played the race card. This guy will not be so lucky. If I had to venture a prediction I'd say he will step down. There will be very few people coming to his defense.__ST