Police Say High Driving Killed Teen

Police say a Northampton 18-year old was high when he demolished his car in a high speed crash last December, killing one of his friends and critically injuring three more.

Shhh…no one tell PA State Senator Daylin “Legalize It” Leach.  You run the risk of harshing his mellow.

Keep telling these kids there’s nothing wrong with it.  It’s probably true that you can’t legislate morality.  You sure as hell can legislate immorality into general acceptance, though.

Northampton police on Tuesday filed an arrest warrant for Monroe “LJ” Leonard Tanner IV, 18, of Sackettsford Road in Ivyland, charging him with homicide by vehicle, driving under the influence of a controlled substance, involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangering and related offenses.

Northampton police Lt. Mike Clark said he spoke with Tanner’s family and that the teen is expected to turn himself in soon.

Tanner was driving his 2002 Chevy Monte Carlo SS when he lost control while speeding along the 1500 block of Old Jacksonville Road between Ridge Way and Sackettsford Road shortly before 2 p.m. Dec. 8, police said. The car apparently left the road, hit a utility pole with such force that it was sheared in half, and then hit a tree.

This simply can’t be.  I’m told that pot smokers are too peaceful and mellow to cause high speed crashes, despite scientific evidence that they are twice as likely to cause car wrecks as people under the influence of nothing and about a hundred billion times (number approximate) harder to detect at traffic stops than drunks.  Oh, and that statistic is for smoking up to 3 hours before driving, not the generally accepted 1 hour per drink associated with alcohol.

Tell me some more how it’s no different than alcohol.  Here are some health benefits to moderate drinking for healthy people (one drink a day for women, two for men).

  • Reduce your risk of developing heart disease
  • Reduce your risk of dying of a heart attack
  • Possibly reduce your risk of strokes, particularly ischemic strokes
  • Lower your risk of gallstones
  • Possibly reduce your risk of diabetes

Politicians pissing our civil society out the window for a few cheap youth votes is just as bad as politicians handing out free cell phones for a few urban votes.  As shown in the national election results last fall, we need less things that cause people to make bad decisions, not more.