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IMAGE ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRI~;HTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED• USE~I~T T~LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. COACH DALE ODOM accompanies a group of students from F!orala High School to observe voting on the new machines in last Tuesday's Democratic Primary. es S a|nt Realizing that the drinking driver is one of the leading killers on Alabama highways and disturbed over the number of Driving While Intoxicated ar- rests reduced to lesser charges by the courts, Public Safety Di- rector, Colonel Eldred C. Dot- hard, today appealed to judges and the District Attorneys to discontinue the practice. Dothard said that since Jan- uary 1, when the "Find the Drunk" program was started by Troopers, 3,420 drunk drivers have been arrested - the high- est number on record for any comparable period. But it does little or no good to make arrests if the courts do not prosecute them. "Our reports show that, in spite of the use of scientific instruments, which conclusively establish the degree of intoxi- cation, it is almost impossible to obtain convictions as charged in many courts," Colonel Dot- hard said. Public Safety records show that less than sixty percent of those charged with Driving While Intoxicated throughout the State are convicted. Unfortu- nately, in several counties, con- victions are the exception rather than the rule. "We take no issue with court decisions reached after the evidence is presented; however, most case reductions occur without the court hearing the evidence of the case in question," the Di- rector said. "Our reports also show that many cases are se- veral years old and are still pending, with no court action taken," he continued. "I feel that swiftness and surety of prosecution is the greatest deterrent to any crime. If drinking drivers know they must pay the penalty as pro- vided by law, we will see a dras- tic reduction in alcohol-related traffic deaths in Alabama," Colonel Dothard said. JAMES EDWIN McCULLOUGH ENLISTS IN U.S. NA VY James Edwin McCullough en- listed in the United States Navy at Montgomery on 2 May, 1974. James is the son of Mr. Frank E. McCullough of Slidell, Louisiana. Prior to enlisting in the Navy, James was em- ployed by Dixon Plywood and the Funsten Nut Corporation of Andalusia, Alabama. McCullough will receive his basic training or "Boot Camp" at the Naval Training Com- mand, Orlando, Florida. Dur- ing this basic training, he will receive instruction concerning shipboard orientation, fire- fighting, damage control, naval history, and seamanship. McCullough will be granted leave after completion of basic training and prior to reporting to his Service School Command. He was guaranteed Class "A" School as a Construction Equipment Mechanic under the Navy's School Guarantee Pro- gram. Information concerning the Navy and the various programs available to Navy men and wo- men may be obtained from your local Navy Recruiter, Chief Garrett, whose office is located on Court Square in Andalusia. Phone 222-73.85. April 22, 1974 The Alabama Coordinator o/ Highway ~ Traffic Safety Regrets to Inform You That During the Month o/ March, 1974 57 CITIZENS WERE KILLED In ALABAMA Traffic Crashes Where Alcohol Was Involved SENA TOR SPARKMAN ANSWERS QUESTIONS HOME IMPRO VEMENTS Carport Addition, Remodeling, Extra Bath, Masonite Siding, Painting I ROOFING 3-I Asphalt, Toppers, Budt Ups, Metal MASONARY I Driveways, Slabs, Patio, Chimneys ELECTRICAL & PLUMBING NEW HOMES FINANCING A VAILABLE it l)oesn't Cost To Talk. h Could Save I CALL WRITE ˘ 8-7420 OR COME BY I). O. BOX 248 i VERNON GOMILLION GENERAL CONSTRUCTION LOCKHART, ALABAMA 36445 DEAR SENATOR SPARK- MAN: We read in the news- paper where high government officials are riding to work in chauffered limousines. Areyou one of those persons? B.G., Decatur SPARKMAN: Definitely not. I have been driving my own car to work every day since I was elected to Congress. You may be interested in knowing that because of the abuses you mention, Congress has ordered the curtailment of the use of all but a few limousines operated by Federal Agencies. In the Congress only the Speaker of the House and the President ~,~. Pro Tempore of the Senate have li "nousiJ set ice avail- able to them. Most members, have limousine service avail- able o them. 4ost menabers, however, prefer to be "Mr. Average Citizen" when it comes to getting to work. DEAR SENATOR SPARK- MAN: I am a carpenter and after having a severe heart at- tack my doctor told me 1 could I not go back to that kind of stre- nuous work. I applied for So- cial Security disability and it was denied. Can you Help? K. R., Mobile I SPARKMAN: Social Security laws are such that one must be totally disabled -- that is, un- able to work at any job what- soever before benefits can be paid. If for instance you can safely handle some less stre- nous work, benefits would be denied. If on the other hand your doctor certified you as totally disabled -- unable to work at any job, you should have no trouble getting dis- ability payments. THE FLORALA NEWS - THURSDAY, RUBBERMAID WASTEBASKETS EXPANDING FILES O O O Check i: have in stock what you have mind. I I I I WIRE LETTER TRAYS ACCO For bindmg correspondence, orders and i~kc~l~Nr clUaN o~ P~. 3"taadard two-hole punchlnq. Complete with base and prorKIu. STAPLERS IrllOM TO OXFORD ORI-LAIIEL$ iwel~te •e•oitive lebels im • cmtimmn• tell. lind7 dlllqpmNf. BOllS Ilol~k0d ill tlUlir-dlll~ly. aulboll bemml el It nil• ol . no cola." Specify celeif' mired e~orfm8. 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