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March 8, 2013

NASH: Commissioners should use DUI to set an example

Far too often over the last few years, a local elected official or someone who is considered a public servant has been involved with an incident involving drinking and driving. 

When it happens to someone who has been elected to a position, there isn’t a lot that can be done about it until the next election. But if it is someone who has been appointed to a position, they could easily be replaced. We just need to elect people that are willing to do the right thing, without politics getting involved.

Last month, Rick Fox, who serves as the attorney for the Floyd County Commissioners and several other county boards, was arrested after leaving a Clarksville restaurant. His blood alcohol content was reported at 0.15, nearly twice the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle. His lawyer said he made a “bad decision” to drive.  

From the sound of the trooper’s report, I think it was lucky that Mr. Fox was pulled over when he was. Driving an automobile, in that state of impairment, there was a chance that he wouldn’t have made it to his destination safely. It was far better that Mr. Fox spent that one night in the Clark County Jail than having to spend time in the hospital or someplace worse. Had he caused an accident that affected someone else’s life it would have been a “bad decision” that he would have had to live with the rest of his life. 

Immediately following Mr. Fox’s arrest, the Floyd County Commissioners had no comment.  At their single meeting since the incident recently, Steve Bush, president of the Board of Commissioners, announced that in light of recent events their attorney would be taking an indefinite leave of absence. 

I believed at the time this was the right decision. At the time, I also believed that indefinite meant more than two weeks. Does the punishment fit the crime? Does two weeks off qualify as punishment at all?

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