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March 3, 2014

In Our Opinion: Impaired driving with kids is an outrage

Despite the efforts of most newspapers to mix as much “good news” as possible into their daily coverage, because of the sheer volume of crimes, wars, violent acts of nature and other human tragedies that constitute “bad news,” readers (and editors) can become almost inured to the suffering of others.

But there are the incidents that can still stir our outrage, to make us angry and wonder how some people can do the things they do.

We reported two such stories about people being charged with similar crimes in the last couple of weeks. Both of those charged are considered innocent, pending adjudication of their cases.

Emily A. Bixby, 31, a Norwich mother, was arrested Feb. 18 for driving drunk with her child in the vehicle, a class E felony, according to the New York State Police.

She was arrested after state police at Binghamton responded to a complaint of a vehicle that had driven off Colesville Road in Colesville. Troopers said they discovered Bixby and her 5-year-old child in the car, which was off the road and stuck in the snow.

Troopers said Bixby refused to take a breath test, but an investigation determined that she was intoxicated. She was also charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated and aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child, troopers said.

It is bad enough to put your own life and those of other motorists at risk by driving drunk, but we just can’t fathom any parent putting his or her child into harm’s way like that. The 5-year-old was turned over to a family member, and Bixby was arraigned in the town of Colesville Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail on $1,500 cash bail.

On Feb. 21, Michael W. Block, 30, of Sidney Center, was arrested for drunk driving with a child in his vehicle. In addition to being charged with a class E felony, Block was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, endangering the welfare of a child, driving while ability impaired by a combination of drugs and alcohol and unlawful possession of marijuana.

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