Thursday, April 21, 2011

Justice Served

Recently, I discovered an active petition drive to quash what is alleged to be an undeserved Inattentive Driving citation. Rather than immediately signing this document, I set out to discover the facts surrounding the situation.

According to this petition, the motorist involved had a deer hit the side of her car, An ISP officer then ticketed her for inattentive driving. On the face of it one would assume that this ticket was totally undeserved, and it might well be.

I contacted the Captain in charge of the northern division in Hayden, who returned my call today. As often is the case, it is entirely possible that the whole story is not known. But if this story is true, then an over zealous officer needs to reexamine their training and remember that they serve the community, not the other way around. The commander will be out of town for two or three days, but promised to get back to me as soon as he can research the incidence.

Originally thinking it was the sheriff department that was involved, I called Major Ben Wolfinger, who laughed and suggested that the deer should have been charged with assault on a motor vehicle. I suspect that if there is any leeway in this matter that it will be resolved soon. Stay tuned.

1 comment:

Bay Views said...

A sergeant from ISP called me today to inform me that the charges against Sally Newcomb are being dropped. Citing "unnecessary use of resouces," they have contacted the prosecutor and all are agreed to dismiss.

They did ask me to point our to drivers, that when you see a deer along side of the road, it is prudent to slow way down. Deer have a habit of standing still until you are almost upon them, then jumping, sometimes toward your car. I told them I'd be happy to do so.