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Guilderland to ask state legislature for third justice

As part of the plan to increase the court's efficiency, he suggested police officers not write tickets for offenses that will likely be thrown out by the prosecutor or judge. He said writing a ticket for DWAI for a BAC under 0.05 percent is a waste of time, since those charges will be thrown out anyway, as dictated by state statutes.

That suggestion gained some opposition, as residents spoke out against the measure.

Guilderland residents spoke out against the measure, citing their desire for a third justice before Redlich's DWI-related efficiency measure is put in place.

Anna Russo, deputy town clerk, and an Altamont resident, said she was "hurt and surprised" by Redlich's suggestion.

"Law such as highway safety are there to safeguardour communities," Russo said.

Russo said a driver with a BAC of 0.05 killed her daughter, and that it is dangerous to drive under the influence of even the smallest amount of alcohol.

She urged the town board to let the police use their professional discretion when it comes to writing tickets.

"They know when to stop them. They know when to write tickets. They do it from their heart," she said. "It's not a solution to let a drunk driver walk."

Other's spoke out at the meeting as well, stating that DWI enforcement should not be directed by the town board. Letters from the Albany County District Attorney's office, Lenard Crouch, administrator of the Stop-DWI program in Albany County and town residents were submitted to the board prior to the meeting speaking against Redlich's suggestion.

Ed Frank, a former police officer who runs Choices 301, an anti-drunk driving exhibit in Altamont, voiced his concerns about Redlich's suggestion, stating that the strict enforcement of DWI laws will eventually decrease drunk-driving.

"We have to, as a team, come up with a better solution," Frank said.

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