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Top cop intrigued by zero tolerance for drinking, driving

Posted: Friday, Oct 12th, 2012

The head of the cityís police department said he favors a zero tolerance policy for drivers who arenít legally intoxicated but have consumed alcohol.

Capt. Ray Varner told fellow members of the Page Anti-Drug Alliance (PADA) at their Oct. 8 meeting he became familiar with the concept while attending a substance-abuse conference in Boise, Idaho.

He brought back informational packets on programs from different areas of the country, and what they are doing to combat drugs and alcohol in their communities.

It was the zero tolerance program, however, that sparked his interest. Varner said it would be great to have a law for adults, much like that for juveniles, prohibiting any drinking and driving, no matter what the driverís blood alcohol content would be.

The captain also proposed to PADA members a secure drop box where members of the community could safely dispose of old prescription drugs.

The group discussed having the box placed in the lobby of the police station, and asked Varner to look into potential funding sources.

Also discussed at the meeting was the agenda for ďRed Ribbon Week,Ē a series of activities and programs aimed at educating children on the dangers of substance abuse.

The board approved $732.72 for multiple projects during the week, including $150 for a DJ to play at a sock hop Oct.26 at the high school.

The group also talked about getting youth groups involved in PADA activities.

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