I posted earlier today and outlined Justice of the Peace Osborn’s comments in today’s paper, his refusal to accept any responsibility for his actions, and his apparent lack of any remorse. While we wait for public comment from member of the county government, I would like to officially issue my call for Osborn’s resignation from the White County Quorum Court. I also call on Judge Lincoln & the other JPs to join me in asking Mr. Osborn to step down.
No doubt, some of you think I am taking this too far, but drunk driving is something I have never taken lightly. It is deplorable. To think a public official could be charged with such an offense and get off the hook is unconscionable.
Here are some statistics about drunk driving from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD):
- This year, 10,839 people will die in drunk-driving crashes – one every 50 minutes.
- Every minute, one person is injured from an alcohol-related crash.
- Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens and one out of three of those is alcohol related.
- Drunk driving costs each adult in this country almost $500 per year.
I used to live out on Highway 267, only a few miles from where Mr. Osborn was pulled over. So I spent most of my day yesterday thinking, “What if my sister had been in that left lane, driving home from school, when he swerved across the center line? What if it had been my mom or my dad?” Imagine if your teenage child had been in that left lane. Imagine if it had been any of your loved ones.
Thankfully, for me, these are only hypothetical nightmares. For thousands of families across the country, this is reality. They have lost loved ones from this type of reckless behavior. It is inexcusable.
When Osborn got behind the wheel of that vehicle last Thursday afternoon, he took the lives of everyone in his path into his hands. The lives of my friends, your friends, your family.
This is not about politics, folks. I could not care less what political party Mr. Osborn belongs to. His conduct is unacceptable. Politicians should be held to a higher standard, not granted waivers for public decency and safety.
Mr. Osborn, it is time to resign.