CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- LAST weekend the State Police did a blitz on driving under the influence. The results were disheartening to troopers.
The State Police arrested 67 people for DUI, issued 352 traffic citations, and gave drivers 1,767 warnings.
"Obviously some motorists are not getting the message that driving under the influence has negative consequences," said First Sgt. Michael Baylous.
"Ideally, we would like to conduct such a blitz and see no arrests for driving under the influence. Until that happens, we must continue to educate the public on the hazards of such reckless behavior."
But the battle against drunk driving is being won. In 1982, the United States suffered 26,173 alcohol-related traffic fatalities.
In 2011, the toll was 9,828 - a 72 percent drop.
That comes despite a 36 percent increase in population. The drop in DUI deaths is the main reason there has been overall a 36 percent decrease in traffic fatalities, making the anti-DUI campaign a success.
Keep up the good work, troopers.
IN July 2008, dozens of FBI agents raided the homes and offices of public officials and businesses in the Cleveland area in a mass effort to break corruption in Cuyahoga County.
The result is that former County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and County Auditor Frank Russo, both Democrats, are in prison serving sentences of 28 and 21 years, respectively.
The pair ran a huge patronage machine and both men accepted millions in bribes. In all 47 people are either in prison or headed that way.
And nearly 1,000 county employees retired, quit or were fired.
The bottom line is the county payroll had a net drop of 589 employees - meaning that taxpayers paid millions of dollars (and owe millions more in pensions) for nearly 600 make-work or no-show jobs.
The crimes of Dimora, Russo and company were all nonviolent. Anyone care to argue that they should be placed on home confinement to save money?
OFFICIALS at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack are considering dropping table games unless the state reduces its $2.5 million licensing fee and some taxes.