Should the police have sent a sleepy driver down the road?

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

This is in regard to the letter in last week’sMiner“Mammoth not the friendliest place to stop.”

For sure, Mr. Clay Van Deren from Snowflake had a traumatic night on Jan. 4.  No one wants to awaken to a bullhorn, a spotlight in their face, not knowing if there was a gun pointed at them!  That was a very difficult situation for him. 

I have no doubt that the police officer acted within the protocol of the Mammoth Police Department, and was following proper procedure. But what I am questioning is the policy of the department in sending a sleepy, possibly impaired individual back to the road, at night, and told to go somewhere else to sleep.

Why can’t there be an evaluation on the spot to determine a person’s ability to drive safely, and maybe find a suitable spot for them to sleep or rest within the town, maybe in the police parking lot?  There has to be a safe place for a person to stop and rest if they feel too tired or impaired in some way. 

I, for one, would not feel safe on the road, if I knew that a person was driving tired, on the same road as I was driving.

Please Mammoth, look into your policies, and make some sort of adjustment for cases such as this.

Respectfully,

/s/ La Norma Raaum

San Manuel

Staff (4339 Posts)

There are news or informational items frequently written by staff or submitted to the Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner, Superior Sun, Pinal Nugget or Oracle Towne Crier for inclusion in our print or digital products. These items are not credited with an author.


Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
Facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Additional Stories

    Celebrating Miners Day

    December 11th, 2017
    by

      Miners Day is Dec. 6.   A day dedicated to those hard-working individuals that dig deep into the earth […]


    Letter to the Editor: Oracle State Park open every day

    December 11th, 2017
    by

      At a recent meeting in Oracle, one gentleman stated that Oracle State Park was closed.  As of March 1 of this […]


    Letter to the Editor: Christmas 2017 – Looking Ahead and Expecting

    December 11th, 2017
    by

      The year is getting ready to say its final goodbyes. The holiday season is upon us, it’s a time […]


    Dry Heat: Kill All Robots

    December 11th, 2017
    by

        Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) and Robotics have been replacing Americans in the workplace. Not only are they taking our […]


  • Additional Stories

    Letter to the Editor: County to continue funding Kearny free dump day

    December 11th, 2017
    by

      This letter is in partial response to Pat Payton’s letter to the editor, dated 11-15-2017, but it is more […]


    Georgie Digs: Some Memoirs of Hayden

    December 11th, 2017
    by

    My brother, Bill Kishbaugh, has lived for a long time at Dripping Springs which is north of Winkelman, Arizona, and the […]


    Letter to the Editor: Kearny Fire Chief offers gratitude for food donations

    December 4th, 2017
    by

      The Kearny Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank all of the people who donated through the Schwan’s food […]


    Dry Heat: It’s Time America

    December 4th, 2017
    by

      It’s time America, yes, it’s time to do what 22 other industrialized countries have done for their citizens, provide […]


  • Copperarea

  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • Southeast Valley Ledger