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Do as I say….

….not as the Majority Leader does:

House Majority Leader Kumar P. Barve, who has supported stricter drunken-driving laws, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after being arrested in Gaithersburg late Thursday, police said.

Barve, 49, a Montgomery County Democrat, was stopped by a Gaithersburg police officer after his car left a parking lot in oldtown Gaithersburg through a driveway marked “entrance only,” police spokesman Sgt. Rudy Wagner said….

….the delegate failed a field sobriety test and was found to have a 0.10 blood-alcohol level through a preliminary breath test, which is not admissible as evidence in court. The legal limit is 0.08.

The kicker:

He was one of the sponsors of a 2001 bill that changed the state’s legal blood-alcohol level for drivers from 0.10 to 0.08.

I hope that if Delegate Barve has a problem with alcohol, that he take care of it as soon as possible. However, I also hope that Barve does time for this crime. Nothing infuriates me more than judges who allow drunk drivers to get off with only a modest fine. Drunk drivers are dangerous, and are a menace to all drivers on the road. Whatever happens to Delegate Barve will be the example for all of Maryland; it means that we are either serious about punishing drunk drivers, or we not.

And on a political note, if I’m Democratic House members, I would seriously think about finding a Majority Leader who exercises better judgment.


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