Thursday, December 8, 2011
CMPD Officer Charged With DWI
Follow up to the tweets from Monday regarding the arrest of a CMPD Officer for DWI:
The CMPD Officer arrested for DWI in Cabarrus County last Saturday morning turns out to be none other than University Division traffic ticket writing machine Beatrice Andres.
She was stopped along Highway 49 near Blackwelder Road around 4AM and blew a .09.
According to WCNC News she has been placed on administrative leave pending a departmental investigation. Andres has been with the department since September of 2007 and is a member of the 153rd Recruit Class graduating in May 2008.
Cedar's Take: If you drink even the first beer and drive you are an idiot and should be fired. Period.
Beyond that, we need a zero tolerance law. Call it the "If you put the bottle to your lips you can't drive" law. It will eliminate the excuse of "I didn't think I was drunk". Asking someone who is drunk to know if they are just buzzed or beyond the legal limit is crazy.
Look at the number of DWI arrests every weekend and calculate the expense of rounding these people up. Then calculate the number of lives lost every year in North and South Carolina. It is insane that we continue to fight this battle.
Finally WCNC should re-think the way they present news. Saying on air "She was stopped .....and blew a .09, which is just over the .08 legal limit." In an attempt to minimize the crime is just all kinds of wrong.