Gibson fiasco calls for stricter penalties

By Steve Chapman: syndicated columnist Mel Gibson drove drunk, got arrested and vilified Jews, thus disgracing himself, and possibly forfeiting millions of dollars in future earnings. Man, was he lucky. By getting behind the wheel with a blood-alcohol level 50 percent higher than the legal limit, he could have killed himself or someone else, as […]

Don’t let 4th fun blow up in your face

Richard Peterson Independence holiday second most dangerous The Fourth of July weekend brings cherished memories of family gatherings and picnics with the traditional grilled summer foods, hamburgers and hot dogs. Friends enjoy games of softball, volleyball or throwing a Frisbee around while waiting for the evening’s spectacular fireworks celebrations. Spending the Fourth with family and […]

2/15 Local roundup

Transportation dept. launches DWI blitz The New Mexico Department of Transportation launched a February Super Blitz on Friday, which consists of more DWI checkpoints, increased law enforcement and a pumped up media campaign throughout the state, according to a release from the NMDOT. NMDOT encourages New Mexicans to program the Drunk Buster Hotline into cell […]

Trial system rewarding irresponsibility

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist The Heartland Institute (Chicago) does its bit for the gross national blood pressure by tracking the outrages of the world’s trial lawyers. The May newsletter offers the following examples: A jury in New Jersey has awarded $850,000 to a man who got drunk on New Year’s Eve and passed out […]

Dear readers: Rock on, but I’m not that old

By Ned Cantwell You just know it is not going to be a fun morning when you click the “in box” and the subject line of the very first e-mail says, “Your article sucks.” Worse than that, there comes a time when you long for the day when the governor’s office ignored you. It took […]

Police blotter: Jan. 9, 2005

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police were dispatched Thursday to the 1200 block of N. Prince Street in reference to a shots-fired call. There was a report that someone had shot himself in the hand and was on the way to the hospital. Officers drove to the […]

Police aim to keep roads safe

By Darrell Todd Maurina Local law enforcement agencies plan extra patrols on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, and the district attorney is getting ready for what could be up to three times as many driving while intoxicated cases as he sees in a normal week. “It’s more likely than not that they’ll make […]

Alcohol and driving: A deadly combination

By Mike Linn The holiday season brings with it Christmas parties, time off from work and plenty of down time with family and friends. It also brings with it drunk driving. More people calling taxi cabs from bars. And more alcohol-related crimes. In an effort to keep drinking and driving at bay this holiday season, […]