Editor: I am writing in regards to your article “Motorist caught up in crash faces drinking, driving charge” published Oct. 11.
The article led with the phrase, “A driver was in the wrong place Thursday, involved in an accident that wasn’t his fault but charged with drinking and driving nevertheless.” I was quite surprised that an editor would allow such slanted copy into the newspaper.
The phrases used for this story “caught up in crash”, “in the wrong place” and “charged nevertheless” all smack with the tone of an unfortunate incident. This driver was drunk and behind the wheel.
The fact that he was not the cause of this accident is irrelevant. To focus on the idea that this driver was not the cause of the accident suggests that he should somehow be exempt from the charge.
For a province with such high rates of impaired driving, one might think that the provincial daily would not feed into this systemic problem. Although a small newspaper, I would think that The Guardian could hold itself to a higher standard and not add fuel to this systemic problem.
East Lawrencetown, N.S.