On Friday night a number of police departments came on over for a bit of Wake Forest hospitality and stopped traffic at the intersection of Capital Boulevard and Purnell Road for a “let’s take a look check.”
Some of the departments included the State Highway Patrol, Holly Springs, Garner, Cary, and of course our beloved Wake Forest Police Department. And the BAT mobile was there as well. The one you blow in to and meet the magistrate in the back.
Covering the police and the police blotter would make a sober individual out of any drinker. When you read about all the arrests for being impaired due to alcohol or drugs it’s a little frightening. These are just the number of arrests in our little tiny section of the earth. Imagine what the reality is in the general Triangle area.
I’m never going to run for higher office so I have can embarrassingly confess that at one point in a misspent youth I did not have any consideration of driving after having a few, and maybe even a few too many drinks. I was dumb, it was stupid, and there can be no excuse for it. I wish I could teleport my overweight bald life experience of today to that skinny kid with hair way back then.
But back in the late 1970s I don’t ever remember as much awareness or focus on impaired driving. Even MADD didn’t exist back then. We didn’t have high school programs to build awareness and drinking was much more socially accepted back then, even at lunch. Today though between the public service announcements, press coverage, and everything else it would be almost impossible to not have awareness about the consequences of impaired driving. Yet people still do it.
There is nothing funny about driving impaired. The consequences are not only potentially deadly and injurious but risk a mug shot and criminal record. And for what?
I’m not trying to preach about drinking here, just logic, and awareness that if you’ve had a drink, smoked a bowl, or popped some pills, please just stay off the road till you are sober.
By the time I left the checkpoint in the early hours of Saturday morning at least three people were not that lucky. Their night ended with them being removed from their vehicle, placed in handcuffs and escorted into the BAT bus where not much good stuff happens except they do have a bathroom in there.
Overall the law enforcement officers who manned the checkpoint were professional, polite, and had some really nice snacks laid out. Hat tip to the provider of the grapes. Delish.
If you were busted at the checkpoint I’m sure you are not a fan of the event. Or maybe you are the driver that pulled up and got a ticket for three people not wearing seat belts. Seriously, you saw the checkpoint and still didn’t have your seat belts on? You must have been impaired in some other way.
But more importantly there are not enough words I can think of to thank the Wake Forest Police, under the guidance of Chief Leonard, for the work that they do when nobody is looking at 2 AM.