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DUI arrests should face investigation

Published 12:31pm Thursday, January 3, 2013

Dear Editor,

To the residents of Alexander City: The state should take responsibility for their action of a DUI.

Alcohol is sold and consumed, and that person gets stopped for speeding and ends up with a DUI.

There is a bar in town that some people visit across from the police station where it is known intoxicated people come out of, but you never hear of a DUI being issued for these people!

This is not the only place within the city limits that sells alcohol.

Certain people in this town are known to have money or have some pull within the police department.

I think there should be an investigation into this problem that has targeted the poor individuals of this city. I contacted the attorney general’s office, and they have declined on an investigation into this matter.

I feel that I am not alone in the way I feel about this matter.

We as the people of this city should be treated fairly, whether we have money or not, whether you are a law enforcement officer or not!

I think this matter is one-sided toward the state.

Think about it: they sell us the alcohol, which makes them money, and then the DUI is getting them money also. You hear about somebody every day getting a DUI, but you never hear of the ABC store stopping them from buying the same alcohol that got them drunk in the first place.

Some kind of restriction should be in place to stop the sale first. And furthermore, no more showing favor in the court rooms – why can one person make payments while the others are taken straight to jail to sit their time out?

If there is anyone reading this who could give me any information on this matter, feel free to give me a call at 256-307-9723.

Thanks for your time.

Virgil Hawkins