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The -- drinking and driving Mike butcher block and here's some sobering statistics for you in 2009 the latest numbers more than 101000.
People were killed and alcohol impaired driving crashes just last week at 44 year old was sentenced to 51 years to life in prison.
For the a drunk driving -- to kill Los Angeles Angels pitcher nick -- hard.
Some states are trying to crack down a drunk drivers Texas going the other way they're looking to give first time offenders -- free pass.
Tom Ruskin retired New York PD detective joins me now with an -- -- the white situation.
Texas is going one way.
51 years to life for a guy who killed three people in a car accident.
Team but we've got a disparity of the way that the states are -- drunk -- Texas -- is looking to -- so -- a break if they just quit driving while intoxicated as a first offender.
Not involving an accident.
Not hitting somebody.
You know that brings it to a different level.
But I think that if you're a young kid.
And you pulled over your first offense to quit should take that into consideration.
When -- don't think anyway an -- many many years ago wolf the house -- and getting grad school alive I was highway patrolman.
Right and we have the policy we took everybody I mean if if there was any question we took Q.
That was it -- what many.
-- you drive down the road because of the fact in a -- gave you a warning or ticket.
You went down the road and killed somebody I'm going to be responsible why do you take him -- officer and and that's the policy.
Around the country even in Texas now.
They're saying don't arrest the person they just taking into consideration with the adjudication.
For court purposes but in New York City.
You'll court I don't care who you are you can be -- to fight -- issue can be a police commissioner -- quote while driving while intoxicated you're gonna be arrested remind him.
Tom there was you you were involved and very famous case here in -- New York area that comic parkway will accident which a bunch of children were killed and a woman was accused of being under the influence.
This this driving the wrong way.
Was something that I I've I always try to get this advice telling -- people know what every.
Every head on on a interstate highway that I was investigate investigator or that I had to win -- it is controlled traffic.
Were always in the same -- and it was the fast lane.
Because the drunk who's going the wrong way thinks they're trying to get over to their it's -- lane right soul and every time it's a fatal.
It seems like because the person seriously it is not expected to see that -- -- around the corner or over the ridge -- them.
The -- and paying attention but sometimes listen to can be driver distraction.
On the cause in the -- -- Going in the right direction.
Recently in New York State alone.
We've had for a -- -- list couple months.
-- people going the wrong way on highways is that this is important if you told me before we start to show.
This is more than you've seen never before this is is coming up the wrong way driver on the interstate seems to be -- reason that that is just killed in new York city police officer on his way home after a long tour.
You know minding his own business on the so the state parkway hit -- head on killed him the other drivers of.
Ought to look at it by the usually the drug does survive right but here's what you said your mind doesn't think that we're all going the same direction -- -- in your mind as -- process.
What that is coming toward you in a lot of -- forget to turn their headlights on so at night.
My advice is always been do not hanging in that left lane and I'm kind of a fast driver.
-- I usually drive in the left lane but why can't see red tail lights out ahead of me in my -- I get out of it.
I go to the settling -- as well I don't know if it's based on a drunk driver would not just being in the fiercely and I don't need to be in the fifth lane.
If there's -- -- the cause of the highway I go to -- -- as well all right I want to show you something.
Because back in the day when we would give field as we call -- field sobriety test.
There's one -- all of them the officer observes things that I don't want to give way to trade secrets -- But there's one that you can give yourself if you're at a party.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Deal with it here because what.
All work involves is the officers has -- one foot off the ground and hold it there until I tell you to put the other one down that's when.
Everybody always tells a police officer all I have a bad back I can't dog never been able to do this yes you can especially when you've got a flashlight in your eyes that you are have a police officer with a bad looking at it.
You're gonna do your very best job -- hold off the ground.
-- fifteen seconds and here's the part the officers looking at.
Is that when you put the foot down and you go to the other one.
That's where you have to remain steady if yet when they usually starts weigh in around they can't make that they fall down that's a sign that you fail.
Our goal was -- further if you've had something to drink and you're wondering if you drunk do not -- Leave cause there have a friend drug home quote -- if you're young kid.
Cool -- Paris parents nowadays understands.
And -- consideration into it.
Go get someone I've had -- -- me in the middle of the night.
Is it was so I -- -- too drunk to drive IQ what went away home but couldn't get me but the medical people tell was that alcohol per -- travels through your system.
It effects the judgment center of your brain that's right so that's why the drunk.
Always thinks they're doing better than everybody else -- sober knows that from.
That's it that's you're absolutely right and what you have to do is you have to to think Jesus had a -- -- too.
I'll play in the head.
I don't going to be drinking tonight can you drive.
And it's you know listen they have the designated driver yeah programs yeah using the easiest usage -- with your friends.
Not only will save you.
It could save you from a jail sentence it could save you from killing some.
I was use -- to Guinea pig when I was a young cadet.
In the Highway Patrol and -- for me drinks and all these officers were around and we -- and the and the -- sat there and had these drinks.
I felt like I was -- and we kept blowing the -- -- as we're going along.
I thought I was completely south of -- the breathalyzer I don't I did not break the legal limit.
You -- so I felt like I was out of control well I mean listen if you feel that way.
It's an opening yeah why why you didn't even attempt to decide.
Because maybe it hasn't without you and maybe the breathalyzer.
Hasn't been calibrated properly I don't know and I don't know kind of rough realizes -- the field -- as you know.
From -- days in Washington.
And -- use the actual breathalyzer.
Which actually takes a better sample.
Of you -- blood alcohol independent is flawed and -- -- and nowadays in many states of course they can say give me your.
-- your blood -- signed search for basically your blood immediate.
You know you'll pull a judge on the phone at home -- he'll give you immediate search warrant to be able to take some went to a hospital to draw blood people think.
I'm not blowing.
Well you know sometimes you have to low we'll take your hospital will draw blood do it anyway Tom Ruskin former NYPD thanks so much -- -- conversely if you --
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