Local experts voice their opinions about a controversial tape, promising to help drunk drivers avoid a DUI.
Police say a person who drinks and drives gets behind the wheel an average of 80 times before they get caught. Now a police officer is offering advice on how to drink and drive and get away with it.
A tape is creating conflict across the country. “How to Avoid A DUI” offers tips on how to slip past law enforcement.
It’s not just the title turning heads; it’s the host. Tennessee police officer Tim Stone promises people who buy his product the inside track on how to avoid the cuffs.
“I believe people need to know what their rights are out on the street,” says officer Stone.
Stone’s fellow police officers didn’t think much of the tape at first. But after watching the tape, officer Virgil Miller, an expert in DUI and drug recognition, changed his views and doesn’t think the tape is a get-out-of-jail-free card.
Many of the tips are what not to do, including straddling the center lane, running off the roadway, swerving into the other lane, driving below the speed limit, and making wide turns, tips Miller doesn’t believe would help a drunk driver.
But that’s not all the tape covers, it reminds drivers to make sure the car is properly registered and has no equipment malfunctions like burned-out taillights, anything that could give an officer a reason to stop you.
The desire to help those who choose to drink and drive isn’t sitting so well with some victims advocates. Marry Ann Khoury started the DUI Victims Center of Kansas. It was after a drunk driver killed Khoury’s friend; the young woman was three months pregnant. Khoury herself had a close call. She says she was at a stop light when a man coming home from a bar was driving 80 miles per hour on the wrong side of the lane and hit her car head on.
Khoury went through years of rehabilitation. She believes the controversial video has crossed the line. She says, “There’s only one thing to be said about how to avoid a DUI and that’s, ‘Don’t drink and drive.’”
While Miller doesn’t agree with the tape, he still doesn’t believe it will help a drunk driver beat the wrap.
As for the rest of the video and what it says it can do, neither Miller nor Khoury believe the tape can back it up. The only thing they say it may serve is a moneymaker for the officer who promoted it.
On the tape, officer Stone does say it’s never a good idea to drink and drive. He also says a portion of the money he makes form the tape will be donated to victims of DUI.