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Wrongway Corrigan Redux

There seems to be a plethora of local news stories of late regarding persons driving the wrong way down local highways and impacting other right-driving persons, sometimes fatally. (Phoenix area)

PHOENIX — Three fatal head-on collisions caused by wrong-way drivers in the last week have caused Arizona law enforcement and transportation officials to hold an emergency meeting Sunday on how to deal with the problem.

The latest fatal collision occurred early Sunday morning when two people were killed after their car was struck by a wrong-way driver on the Santan Freeway in Gilbert, Arizona Department of Public Safety officials said.

The fatal crash is the third head-on collision caused by a wrong-way driver in six days that have claimed the lives of seven people — including an off-duty police officer  (USA Today)

It came out that alcohol was involved in one of the crashes, and hasn’t yet been ruled out in the others.

WTF?

And now, with State-legal medical marijuana paving the way for general legalization…?  Don’t give me that “I’ve never known anyone on weed to drive poorly” speech.  I’ve seen them and I’ve known them.  Impairment is impairment.

And if they still don’t enforce the DUI/DWI laws for alcohol (because, you know EVERYONE drives after 3 or 4 drinks, especially politicians), what happens next?

At least Wrong Way Corrigan was skilled and never killed anyone!

(This doesn’t mean I’m against alcohol and marijuana use.  It means if you are impaired – don’t drive.  With this holiday weekend looming I thought this was a good thing to mention.  Because Memorial Day is all about partying, right?  :-( )

 

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I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

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8 thoughts on “Wrongway Corrigan Redux

  1. And if they still don’t enforce the DUI/DWI laws for alcohol

    Huh? Any cop statewide will be all too happy to arrest someone for DUI. It’s what they do.
    (I wonder what the blood level for THC is to reach “impaired” in our state?)

    The latest string of wrong way driver crashes is just an anomaly IMHO.

    Posted by KM | May 23, 2014, 9:59 am
  2. Weird is right… And adding DUIs on (insert drug of choice) isn’t going to help…

    Posted by oldnfo | May 23, 2014, 10:53 am
  3. Friend of mine who was once a heavy pot user once told me that he sat at a traffic light through several cycles, enthralled by the lights. The memory of which was why he stopped driving while stoned.

    Posted by ProudHillbilly | May 23, 2014, 12:15 pm
  4. Drunks think getting drunk is a birthright, IMO. Once had a Corrections Officer tell me the worst prisoners to deal with were the ones doing time for alcohol related offenses. They didn’t think they belonged in prison. Cronic offenders are, IMO, on the same level as sexual predators, and as unlikely to be “cured”.

    Posted by WellSeasonedFool | May 24, 2014, 11:03 am

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