In his Dec. 1 letter (“What DUI does best: Prevent DUI convictions”), prosecutor Kevin Brackett complained that our DUI law requires officers to videotape people taking nine steps down a line. But is it “hyper-technical” to require that all nine steps be recorded? Or “difficult”?
I just taught my mutt how to do it with a Go-Pro video camera hanging from her collar. I told her to sit. She stayed still, and the camera handled the rest. Suddenly, Dixie was complying with the DUI videotaping law.
Steven Spielberg filmed Indiana Jones without digital body cameras, Go-Pros, iPhones with HD video, or in-car cameras automatically activated by blue lights. And when he needs to film on a street, aren’t the police able to stop traffic to create a suitable filming environment? Officers have the skills, equipment and the power to record someone taking nine steps on a line.
When officers try to subject someone to jail, fines, ignition-interlock devices, inability to rent cars and legal fees, they should record all nine steps. That’s all they have to do to comply with that part of the statute. And, to their credit, they’re doing a great job.
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The danger is not drunk drivers anymore. We’re collectively 5.7 times more likely to experience one the following crimes:
• Peoples’ children, spouses, pets or grandparents tortured, stolen, killed, neglected or forced into prostitution.
• Prisoners escaping, peeping Toms and burglaries.
These crimes give me heartburn. And although prosecutors win 82 percent of DUI trials, they win only 67 percent of these other trials.
The DUI law is working. It’s now time to fix the laws involving burglaries, escaped prisoners, peeping Toms and abusers of animals, children, spouses and old people.