Another Politician Needs an Tennessee DUI Class

by: Mike Miller

I am a firm believer that our state and federal legislators should be kept to a special standard when it comes to personal and professional moral conduct. Politicians are not the most popular sort these days. It is crazy when a DUI barely registers with respect to the behavior of our state or national congressmen.

The latest to blaspheme himself is Pennsylvania state representative Curry Todd who pleaded guilty to drunken driving and gun charges. He was sentenced to 48 hours in jail and the loss of his firearm for a year. As reported in

The Republican was arrested in October 2011 in Nashville after failing a roadside sobriety test. Not necessarily a smart thing, Todd had loaded .38-caliber gun was found stuffed between the driver's seat and center console.

What do you think about this? Todd is best known for sponsoring a law that allows people with handgun carry permits to be armed in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol. Despite the incident he claims to have no plans to resign his post.

The 65-year-old Todd was sentenced of 48 hours in jail on the drunken driving charge will be reduced by the eight hours he spent in police custody after his arrest. He will also have to pay a $350 fine, install an alcohol monitoring device in his vehicle, perform 24 hours of community service and attend alcohol safety school and a victim impact panel.

Does that sound fair to you?

Todd a former Memphis police officer who once played basketball for the University of Memphis. He resigned as chairman of the House State and Local Government Committee following his arrest. Yet he still remains in office.

Do you think an alcohol class early in his life would have made the difference? I hope he seeks counseling and is mandated to a Tennessee DUI class now.