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November 09, 2005


The incident with the Ethan Allen was an accident and not negligence. It had to do with the weight on the boat, which was in compliance with the law, and the wave of a larger boat, that hit the Ethan Allen while it was turning.

I worked with a younger man who had a problem with drinking. He drank late at night, came to work with a "load on". One day, he was stopped by the police for speeding on the way to work. The Officer suspected that he may be somewhat intoxicated. He did a breath test and discovered that my co-worker just screeched over the limit. So he was arrested for DUI. However, had he not been tested and was told to come in for a blood test or urine test the following day, he would not have drunk any alcohol and would have been cleared.

Am I getting to the point of the entire "no alcohol" issued by the police.

Another issue to consider. An accident is considered to be a happening where no one is at fault. I would consider a piece of rock falling from space and hitting my home an accident. However, when people are involved in motion, there is no such thing as an accident. The human being has control, or lack of control as a result of poor attention to what he or she is doing.

For example, letting too many people on the boat. Drinking heavily, the night befor, which carries on to the next morning, causing poor judgement response to an occuring situation. This also is heightened by an individual's physical ability to react quickly, especially if the individual is up in age.

The authorities at Lake George seem to be lessening this tragedy by stating that it was an accident. I did not hear of any rock falling from space. Now I have to say that someone had control and was the cause of the tragedy which "killed" many people. Why isn't anyone charged with Negligent Homicide?

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