Friday, March 15, 2013

7494. John P. Deloid III


Back in Duxbury again.

I hate to dredge up bad memories. I suppose any study like this tends to do that no matter how hard you try to avoid it. Usually, someone, somewhere is still hurting at the loss of a loved one I'm mentioning. I'm sorry for that fact.

But in this case, I think the family wanted John's story told, for after all, they paid to have these words carved into his tombstone: "Killed by a drunken driver."

I remember doing a study on crime in my hometown of Hull in the beginning of the 1900s. The town was growing as a summer resort and as a year-round community. More people simply equaled more crime. But I could pinpoint the exact moment when somebody was arrested for erratic operation of an automobile while under the influence of alcohol - the first DUI. It's been all downhill since across the United States. Twenty-seven people die every day because of it, although that nuimber has been cut in half since the founding of Mothers Against Drunk Driving in 1980.

That doesn't help John Deloid III, of course. And I'm with the family. I'm pissed off, too.

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