Alexandra Kerry, Senator John Kerry’s daughter, was arrested for driving under the influence earlier this week and later released after posting a $5000.00 bail. Pulled over in Hollywood after midnight, she appeared to be intoxicated and refused a field sobriety test so was taken into custody. After an unspecified amount of time, she eventually blew a .06 which is actually slightly below California’s .08 legal limit even though officers can and apparently did use their discretion to pronounce her impaired.
Everything is OK now though, John Kerry has released a statement saying that his daughter was not legally drunk.
I’ve been down this road before, so in this case I just have to wonder if the not legally drunk Alexandra Kerry would have killed someone… would her “legal” status provided any solace to the victims loved ones? Or perhaps they would not be pronounced legally dead instead upgraded to a persistent vegetative state or the almost/somewhat dead of a Monty Python script (had to figure a way to play the clip).
There are political sycophants that would excuse Ms Kerry’s behavior and in the LA Times story the ABI (American Beverage Institute) left a link in the comments section to their We Support Moderately Drunk Driving site, but not me. I support low BAC interlocks and even electronic monitoring (with treatment) for repeat offenders. Driving is a privilige not a right. Personally, I don’t want anyone on the road drinking period. One beer or six, if you’re drinking you shouldn’t be driving.