By Donna Westfall – January 19, 2019 –
Del Norte Triplicate Editor, Robin Fornoff, is in the news for a DUI (driving under the influence – alcohol) . On Friday, January 18th, Fornoff was arrested by the California Highway Patrol. He has since been released.
Fornoff, as you may recall from previously published articles, had a unique interpretation of 1st Amendment rights which is different from mine and in particular about freedom of the press. He banned me and countless others from submitting article and letters to the editor at the Triplicate for about two years until Kim Fowler, the new publisher, arrived on the scene.
I suspect that his arrest will not show up anywhere amongst the pages of the Triplicate.
Another arrest/release is Kimberly Spears. She’s been battling with alcohol for as long as I’ve know her which has been about a decade The last time we ran into each other a few months ago, she was proud of her sobriety. She wanted her daughter to be proud of her. It saddens me to see her relapse. Even worse it saddens me that she has to be stuck in jail because of it. Wouldn’t some type of rehab make more sense?
As of today’s date, there are 94 inmates in the county jail. Many DUI’s get the same treatment as a type of fishing called catch and release. Typically, they are booked, they spend the night in jail, and they’re released.
Probably the most famous death associated with driving under the influence is Princess Diana. Her driver was intoxicated, plus he had consumed anti-depressants and-psychotics. He was the sole survivor.
Comedian, Sam Kinison and his new bride were both killed when a 17 year old drunk driver slammed head on into their car on their way to a sold out crowd in Nevada.
You might recognize some of these names: Tim Allen, Heidi Fleiss, Mel Gibson, Kevin Hart, Paris Hilton, Wynnona Judd, Rodney King, Heather Locklear, Nick Nolte, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Rodman, Diana Ross, Kiefer Sutherland and Tiger Woods were all arrested for DUI’s. There’s no set pattern as to race, sex, economic status or age. Anyone who drinks too much puts themselves and others at risk.
Drunk driving is a serious offense that kills thousands each year. The majority of those arrested for DUI’s are not alcoholics. They’re just people who have made a bad choice to drink too much and drive.