Unfriendly and Uncooperative Police

RECEIVED Fri., Jan. 1, 2010

Dear Editor,
    I consider myself a responsible citizen of Austin, with a level head on my shoulders. This is why I feel the need to write in about an incident occurring this New Year's evening. After enjoying some festivities on the east side of town with a couple of friends, we decided to leave the bar a little early in order to try and avoid the chaos that was to undoubtedly be abundant on the trip back down to our southside home. As we were leaving and walking to our car from the bar, we passed a police officer sitting in his car, just hanging out on the side of the road clearly waiting for someone to drive by. My roommate/driver, who had been drinking less than a drink an hour knowing he was to drive us home, began to second-guess his driving due to the constant talk all night of a heavy police presence. He then decided to ask the police officer if he could blow a sobriety test in order to know if we should instead call ourselves a taxi. Not only did the officer say no, but he did so in an extremely unprofessional manner.
    Now after deciding he was just being paranoid, we ended up driving ourselves home. Correct me if I'm wrong, but how is it that someone attempting to be responsible ahead of time should get the cold shoulder on such an action? It seems to me that, in any other circumstance (for instance, walking into a police station claiming to about to go out and kill someone, only to be told “no, kill them first, and then we'll care"), is the wrong message/action to take when living in a city plagued with such a bad stigma of drunken driving. If this is in fact the case and you are not allowed to ask an officer to check your blood alcohol level, call me crazy, but it should be changed.
    Happy New Year to everyone. Thankfully we made it home OK.
Jeremy Johnson
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