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Alleged drunk driver destroys police cruiser in Saugus work zone

WBZ reports on the fourth such incident in two weeks, this time involving a Revere officer and a guy now facing his second OUI charge in a work zone on Rte. 1. Cruiser totaled, officer suffered minor injuries.

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To what aim do police cars in work zones leave their lights flashing in a strobe pattern? Is it strictly to make drivers aware of the work zone? I would guess that police pulled over to the side of the road would be safer if they just left their lights on instead of flashing.

Isn't it common knowledge that strobe lights impact depth perception?

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You know what else impacts depth perception?

Alcohol.

How I'd love for this threat to society to never be allowed to legally drive a car again in his life. Fat chance of that happening.

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Yes, alcohol impacts depth perception.

But why are we putting police officers at an increased risk? Why do we insist on compounding the level of difficulty for drunk drivers to safely drive by work zones?

I never drive drunk, but every time I drive by a police car at a work zone, my eyes go buggy as hell.

I just can not for the life of me figure out why this is standard operating procedure for police vehicles that are pulled over in a work zone other than 'this is how we have always done it' or 'this is what we are told to do in the instruction book.'

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That plus strobes probably isn't good. Why not make a bad situation less bad by eliminating strobes?

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They need to start enforcing the law or theyr'e gonna keep getting hurt or killed. If you are reading this and you are a cop: do something now to help yourself AND everyone else out there who is negatively impacted by bad drivers before it's too late. Forget about strobe patterns or placement and start getting people who don't belong in the driver seat out. I posted a similar message here BEFORE Thomas O'Day was killed in late June but the mods chose not to make that message public -- I certainly hope they get their heads clear enough now that they see fit to not censor this.

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Let's engineer a trailer that can absorb and or redirect crash impact.

Keep the cops further up the road to catch violators of work zone speed limits.

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