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   New program seeks to cut down on drunk driving arrests, offers free rides home if the person has had a couple drinks and doesn't want to risk it. Specifically, drunk police officers

25 Jan 2013 08:48 PM   |   2545 clicks   |   102.1 The Edge
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CruiserTwelve    [TotalFark]  
The rides aren't free, they're paid for by the union. I'm okay with this program.

25 Jan 2013 08:35 PM
Mugato    [TotalFark]  
Is the "Not the least bit surprised but can't believe they're publicly admitting it" tag sleeping one off?

25 Jan 2013 08:39 PM
Mark Ratner    [TotalFark]  
I thought they could just flash their badge and get off.

25 Jan 2013 08:52 PM
Acharne     
This is great. However, it should extend to teachers too, and the rides are still paid for my the police union.

25 Jan 2013 08:56 PM
Kif_D     
"But it has been one of the program's key elements and organizations like MADD hate to see officers arrested for something they can avoid." ... But love to see it for the rest of the scum, I mean population.

25 Jan 2013 08:58 PM
Mugato    [TotalFark]  

Mark Ratner: I thought they could just flash their badge and get off.


No, that's when they pull over a pretty girl who wants to get out of a ticket.

25 Jan 2013 08:58 PM
Mark Ratner    [TotalFark]  

Mugato: Mark Ratner: I thought they could just flash their badge and get off.

No, that's when they pull over a pretty girl who wants to get out of a ticket.


Yeah, nice one. I threw that one right down the middle and it didn't take long for a Farker to hit it out of the park.

25 Jan 2013 09:04 PM
brimed03     
A professional organization makes a clear-eyed assessment that its membership is not perfect and pays for a positive, preventative measure to protect its reputation, its members, and the public at large.

I'm good with this.

25 Jan 2013 09:05 PM
TheGreatGazoo     
If you are an officer you probably do need a drink after some of the shiat that they have to deal with.

25 Jan 2013 09:07 PM
Mugato    [TotalFark]  

brimed03: A professional organization makes a clear-eyed assessment that its membership is not perfect and pays for a positive, preventative measure to protect its reputation, its members, and the public at large.


If you're a cop.

25 Jan 2013 09:08 PM
Nasty Celt     
They make good money. They should pay for their own damn cabs.

25 Jan 2013 09:14 PM
TomD9938     
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Cars at your house in the morning and you get four freebies a year with AAA.

25 Jan 2013 09:20 PM
Prey4reign    [TotalFark]  
If you're out on the town and had a few too many pops, there is a free driver service for you. All you have to do is get behind the wheel and careen out on the road. Either the paramedics or the friendly officer will be glad to drive you. However, it won't be the destination you wanted to go to.

25 Jan 2013 09:24 PM
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25 Jan 2013 09:31 PM
CruiserTwelve    [TotalFark]  

Mugato: brimed03: A professional organization makes a clear-eyed assessment that its membership is not perfect and pays for a positive, preventative measure to protect its reputation, its members, and the public at large.

If you're a cop.


Any organization could do this and many do.

25 Jan 2013 09:32 PM
Psychohazard     
While the rest of us just wish buses and trains ran until after the bars close.

25 Jan 2013 09:56 PM
pueblonative     
hmm, last I remember, MADD had a record of opposing programs like this (free rides home). Wonder what changed?

25 Jan 2013 10:05 PM
bearded clamorer    [TotalFark]  

TheGreatGazoo: If you are an officer you probably do need a drink after some of the shiat that they have to deal with.


A cop can get mighty thirsty after a long day of revenue generating, and jack booted thuggery.

25 Jan 2013 10:14 PM
Lectrik     
Free for officers...........the rest of us (their employers) do not have. So we get tazed and arrested.


Hell of a deal.

25 Jan 2013 10:33 PM
vabeard     
Medical personnel need this kind of service.
/if the police can design a program, others should be able to use that model as long as they assume the costs associated.

25 Jan 2013 10:38 PM
Smackledorfer     

CruiserTwelve: Mugato: brimed03: A professional organization makes a clear-eyed assessment that its membership is not perfect and pays for a positive, preventative measure to protect its reputation, its members, and the public at large.

If you're a cop.

Any organization could do this and many do.


Yup. Us waiters got up in the middle of the night for each other when called.

All this shows is people looking out for one another and making it official through an organization can be a good thing.

I know I know, people should only help one another as individuals and never a willing collective.

25 Jan 2013 10:52 PM
Psycoholic_Slag     
Like a cop is going to get a DUI from a fellow cop. HA!

25 Jan 2013 10:57 PM
buzzcut73     

vabeard: Medical personnel need this kind of service.
/if the police can design a program, others should be able to use that model as long as they assume the costs associated.


The university that I attend has a similar program worked out with the local cab company. The money comes out of the student activity fee as far as I know. I don't use the service (I'm old, therefore I do my drinking at home) but I think it is great that it is available if needed.

If I were dictator in charge of everything for a day, I'd make sure that DWI fines, fees and surcharges went toward safe ride programs, rather than to the general fund. If DWI enforcement was actually about keeping people from driving drunk, the lawmakers would agree. Sadly, they don't seem to.

25 Jan 2013 11:02 PM
Smackledorfer     

buzzcut73: vabeard: Medical personnel need this kind of service.
/if the police can design a program, others should be able to use that model as long as they assume the costs associated.

The university that I attend has a similar program worked out with the local cab company. The money comes out of the student activity fee as far as I know. I don't use the service (I'm old, therefore I do my drinking at home) but I think it is great that it is available if needed.

If I were dictator in charge of everything for a day, I'd make sure that DWI fines, fees and surcharges went toward safe ride programs, rather than to the general fund. If DWI enforcement was actually about keeping people from driving drunk, the lawmakers would agree. Sadly, they don't seem to.


I'd vote for you for dictator.

25 Jan 2013 11:20 PM
BHK     
It's probably too embarrassing to cover up the drunk driving. I went through the process of becoming a deputy sheriff in the 90's. During the oral examinations, I was asked what I'd do if I pulled someone over for suspected drunk driving and found out they were a fellow sheriff. My first answer to was to "arrest them." They kept prodding me for a better answer, and finally I said that I'd ask them to hand over their keys, offer them a ride home or to call a family member, and then report the incident to my superiors. I passed the exam with flying colors and I felt so out of integrity that I soon gave up on the whole idea of becoming an officer.

25 Jan 2013 11:31 PM
Deadwing     

BHK: It's probably too embarrassing to cover up the drunk driving. I went through the process of becoming a deputy sheriff in the 90's. During the oral examinations, I was asked what I'd do if I pulled someone over for suspected drunk driving and found out they were a fellow sheriff. My first answer to was to "arrest them." They kept prodding me for a better answer, and finally I said that I'd ask them to hand over their keys, offer them a ride home or to call a family member, and then report the incident to my superiors. I passed the exam with flying colors and I felt so out of integrity that I soon gave up on the whole idea of becoming an officer.


What would you have done if it was your brother or uncle or some other family relation?

26 Jan 2013 12:26 AM
Satanus Maximus     

Prey4reign: If you're out on the town and had a few too many pops, there is a free driver service for you. All you have to do is get behind the wheel and careen out on the road. Either the paramedics or the friendly officer will be glad to drive you. However, it won't be the destination you wanted to go to.


I hate to laugh at that but it's true. What I find retarded is that Air Force bases have a program (Airmen Against Drunk Driving) that is free of charge and will come get you (and sometimes your car) and take you back home, free of charge and retribution. Yet, retards would rather take the ambulance or patrol car home. Is it the siren? Does the siren give drunks an aural orgasm or something?

26 Jan 2013 01:03 AM
Alocksly     
This is already a "program" of every decent military squad and police department in the US. Whether it's a slush fund to pay the cabbie or a guaranteed "I'll come get you, no questions asked". If nothing else it's one less excuse why they "just had" to drive.

As for stopping a fellow officer; protocol where I'm at says you call your supervisor and everything gets documented meticulously. There's already a radio log of who you stopped and just as a DUI can be a career ender for a cop (as it should be), so can failing to perform your duty when you stop one. I know this attitude is not universal among all LEOs or even departments and when I hear about agencies where they have an "unofficial" slide it under the rug policy it just tells me that their brass encourage it 'cause they can see themselves getting stopped on the way home from the bar someday.

26 Jan 2013 04:13 AM
Smackledorfer     

Alocksly: This is already a "program" of every decent military squad and police department in the US. Whether it's a slush fund to pay the cabbie or a guaranteed "I'll come get you, no questions asked". If nothing else it's one less excuse why they "just had" to drive.

As for stopping a fellow officer; protocol where I'm at says you call your supervisor and everything gets documented meticulously. There's already a radio log of who you stopped and just as a DUI can be a career ender for a cop (as it should be), so can failing to perform your duty when you stop one. I know this attitude is not universal among all LEOs or even departments and when I hear about agencies where they have an "unofficial" slide it under the rug policy it just tells me that their brass encourage it 'cause they can see themselves getting stopped on the way home from the bar someday.


The cops I know say (and I know them well enough to believe em) that their departments have had and been employing a no-tolerance policy when it comes to duis. They also freely admit that pretty much the entire rest of traffic infractions get a pass.

26 Jan 2013 12:59 PM
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