Point Of View With Local 24 News Political Analyst And Commentator Otis Sanford On Problem Of Drunk


MORE REACTION TONIGHT TO THE FOUR-TIME ACCUSED DRUNK DRIVER— BELIEVED TO HAVE KILLED AN OFF-DUTY MEMPHIS POLICE LIETENANT IN A CRASH EARLY YESTERDAY. MANY WANT TO KNOW… WHY WAS HE EVEN ON THE THE SIZE OF MEMPHIS, WITH THE NUMBER OF VEHICLES THAT SPEED UP AND DOWN OUR ROADWAYS, FATAL CRASHES UNFORTUNATELY ARE INEVITABLE. BUT WHEN SOMEONE IS KILLED BY AN APPARENT DRUNK DRIVER, IT CREATES NOT JUST SYMPATHY AND GRIEF – BUT OUTRAGE. AND THAT’S THE CASE WITH THE TRAGIC DEATH OF POLICE LIEUTENANT MYRON FAIR. THE 25 YEAR POLICE VETERAN WAS STRUCK BY A HABITUAL DUI OFFENDER – AS THE OFFICER WAS DRIVING HOME EARLY THURSDAY AFTER COMPLETING HIS SHIFT. THE SUSPECT, MARQUELL GRIFFIN, IS NOW BEHIND BARS ON A HOST OF CHARGES – INCLUDING VEHICULAR HOMICIDE AND DUI. BUT WHAT’S WORSE, GRIFFIN HAS A DESPICABLE HISTORY OF DRIVING OF THE UNDER THE INFLUENCE – AND SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN DRIVING TO BEGIN WITH. OUR SOCIETY HAS MADE TREMENDOUS HEADWAY IN RECENT YEARS REDUCING DUI FATALITIES. THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION REPORTS THAT DUI DEATHS HAVE DECREASED BY ONE DRUNK DRIVING CAN BE. THE PROBLEM IS, THERE IS LITTLE THE JUSTICE SYSTEM CAN DO – SHORT OF KEEPING CONVICTED OFFENDERS LOCKED UP FOR YEARS. THAT’S WHY IT’S IMPORTANT FOR CITIZENS TO TAKE ACTION WHERE POSSIBLE – TO TRY TO KEEP SOMEONE THEY KNOW FROM GETTING BEHIND THE WHEEL UNDER THE INFLUENCE. BECAUSE STOPPING DRUNK DRIVING REMAINS A




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