Now I have heard it all. A small town in the Florida panhandle has decided that drunks need friends, too. And that those friends don’t let friends drive drunk. And further that those friends will instead drive the drunks home, to within 25 miles. And that those friends will be members of the Shalimar, FL police department. Not kidding. If you are ever in the area, find yourself too drunk to drive, dial up 911 for a free ride home.
I wonder how long before cab companies start complaining about this public service? Then again, drunks are notorious for throwing up when in vehicles in motion, so they aren’t the most popular fares around. And now we have the taxpayer sponsored vomit squad. Excellent.
Shalimar is really not a hotbed of crime, and there are a lot of bars in the area and not much else to do, so maybe this is a good idea? But with gas prices what they are, and the police extending this service to people who have car trouble (wonder what triple A makes of this?), it seems like a huge waste of resources.
Shalimar is a super small, blink and you’ll miss town, but it’s right next to Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island. Both of which fill with tourists getting their drunk on from April to September. So I wonder how the police will work this: will they pick up only Shalimar residents? Or only within Shalimar city limits? And what happens the first time they refuse to give some drunk a ride based on whatever criteria, and that drunk or worse that dead drunk’s family sues the city?
Maybe this hits me wrong because here in Massachusetts, Romney has cut our police and fire fighters to the point that municipalities are squealing because when something happens, there just aren’t enough people to handle it, or they are too far away when the call comes. Maybe I’m just jealous that a town can have so many police that they can serve in this way. Or maybe it’s not the best idea ever?