Saturday, February 19, 2005

It's About Damn Time 

Hooray for common sense! In Arizona at least, it's a crime to be an idiot:

Stupid motorists, beware
County to invoke law, charge for Cave Creek flood rescue

Holly Johnson
The Arizona Republic
Feb. 17, 2005 12:00 AM

SCOTTSDALE - The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office will invoke the state's "stupid motorist law" for the first time, after a Cave Creek man drove around traffic barricades and tried to cross a flooded street last week in his Hummer.

The driver, Paul Zalewski, 47, reportedly ignored warnings not to enter Creek Canyon Road in Cave Creek on Friday.

But "Hummers are made to float," sheriff's spokesman Lt. Paul Chagolla said. "Other people told him not to go in there, and he did it anyway," endangering himself and six passengers, including three children....

I do have to say that as satisfying as it would be to throw all idiots in jail, this is a free country (I think) and it's everyone's right to act the fool. However, there is no justification for idiocy when you endanger others, particularly those who depend on you.

And for those morons who leave their pets and/or kids alone in a hot car without cracking the window, they should get serious jail time.

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