I am usually always on the side of the common person vs. the police.
However, these two officers were polite, professional and answered the driver's question concerning their name and number.
All they asked was, "Have you had anything to drink tonight sir?"
Now, drinking, doing drugs and driving is killing innocent people. A lot of innocent people.
The police have every right, in my opinion, to ask that person that question.
If they had asked me, I would have replied no officer as I would have had nothing to hide as I do not drink and drive ever.
Too many people are drinking, doing drugs and getting behind the wheel of vehicles and killing people.
Ya gotta have a drink or do drugs - buy whatever, go home and party, don't put the rest of us in danger.
These police were not being bullies (and I'm the first one to cry police brutality if it warrants it) but they had every right to ask and that driver
should have simply said, no officer - if he/she had nothing to hide.
I've put a two year old little girl in a morgue drawer decades back because a drunk driver ran her over.
I've put a eighteen year old boy who had a bright future ahead of him in a morgue drawer because of a drunk driver hitting him head on. He was his
mother and father's only child. Three years later the mother of that young man committed suicide, so that drunk driver actually was responsible for
two deaths. The father told us that the woman wanted to be with her son, she could not live any longer having buried him.
The police in this case were simply trying to keep the roads safe for the rest of us that have to deal with irresponsible people that drink and drive.
They should have given the driver a breath analyzer test.
Driving is a privilege not a right.
Sorry in this particular case, I'm siding with the police.
They did not infringe upon this man's right, they were doing their job.
edit on 18-2-2012 by ofhumandescent because: (no reason given)