B. Stevens: Display the evidence

While stationed in Germany in the early 1960s, an airman was returning to the base after a night of drinking. He ended up driving his car under the back of a semi. He, of course, died. The military took the demolished car back to the base and displayed it in the middle of the compound.

I still remember that car and it has been about 50 years since I saw it.

My thought is that perhaps the car from the West Paris crash should be displayed on high school campuses throughout the state. That might have an impact on some of the students and make them stop and think about the consequences of their actions.

Ben Stevens, Lewiston

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FRANK EARLEY's picture

What differance would the drinking age make

When I was eighteen that was the drinking age, it only made it easier for younger kids to get booze. when they changed it to twentyone it made no real differance. I don't know what the answere is, or if there is one.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Until kids between the ages

Until kids between the ages of 16 and 20 are able to see the problem for what it is, there are no answers or solutions to the problem.

David  Cote's picture

The culture's changed...a lot

Ben, your idea would work fine in another time...Your time, my time, but not in this time. The younger generation is far different today than when I was in my teens. Social media in the 70's was trying to place a phone call on a party line of three other phone customers. It's much more than spreading the word, though. It's a different mindset today. In this age there is greater technology, better paying jobs for the younger generation and parents who seem more lax in their delegation of authority. But the biggest difference is the lack of fear that exists today. When I attended driver's ed class we had to watch some intensely graphic auto accident films. And they did their job by scaring us enough to respect what we were learning. The kids of today laugh at those films. Their is a definite lack of respect that revolves around today's kids. And I don't mean that in an unkind way. The criticism is actually meant for the parents of these kids for being lax in their urgency to deliver the proper messages to today's kids. For example, quite a few parents have said teens drinking at parties is o.k. if there is adult supervision. WHAT??? You kidding me? And then I read some fool on these blogs writing the drinking age of 21 is only a number and there would be no difference if the drinking age was lowered to eighteen. Brilliant. What a concept. Might as well give better exposure to the pre teens as well. Only a matter of time before they start to binge, right? What's the difference? I've heard this quote from somewhere and it's so true, "We have met the enemy, and it is us".

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

..."quite a few parents have

..."quite a few parents have said teens drinking at parties is o.k. if there is adult supervision"...These are probably the same parents who think it's o.k. for their school to teach their fifth graders how to correctly place a condom over a cucumber.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Its been tried

I mentioned earlier this week that when I was in highschool I drove a tow truck for the local police in another state.
We would save up the most mangled cars we could find. Several other towns also worked with us.
Come prom and graduation time we would deliver these cars to local highschools. I even delivered the one in frount of my own school a 1967 chevy impala that wrapped around a tree, there was even part of the tree still in it.
We had the lectures in the auditorium, We had the wreck out frount, but it didn't help much.
I'm sure maybe one or two kids got the point, but your always going to have that attitude of invinsability, it wouldn't happen to me. I've had to use my tow truck to pull whats left of those invinsable human beings out of thier cars (back then there was no jaws of life). It aint pretty

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

The absence of arrest at this

The absence of arrest at this time in the Lowe situation was clearly and concisely explained by Veritas last week in another forum in which you actively participated. What is it about clearly and concisely that is beyond your grasp of comprehension?

ERNEST LABBE's picture

Dan get the facts

Dan get the facts. First the driver was 18 not 16. Second this is an ongoing investigation. Third she will not be the only one going to trial.

ERNEST LABBE's picture


Thwere will be charges comng out of this, a great many charges. This involves more than the driver.

 's picture

relax, life isn't a 60 minute

relax, life isn't a 60 minute crime drama. the police do an investigation, submit it to the DA and they decide what to do. in case you haven't noticed, life is not fair and it is very messy. let it proceed.

RONALD RIML's picture

Dan, Dan, Dan....

'Arrest' isn't holding someone responsible for their actions. "Due Process" is.

Now how about we ask you to be held responsible for holding an intelligent discussion regarding the Criminal Justice System; a good start would be to take a few college courses to acquaint yourself with the basics.

Watching 'Cop Shows' on TV doesn't count.

 's picture


Veritas. Even though we disagree on most things, I agree with you here.


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