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Senator arrested on suspicion of DUI


A term-limited Oklahoma State Senator, Jeff Rabon, D-Hugo, was arrested on suspicion of Driving Under the Influence of alcohol Monday following a three-car accident in which a woman was transported to...

By OKG Webmonkeys August 29th, 2007

A term-limited Oklahoma State Senator, Jeff Rabon, D-Hugo, was arrested on suspicion of Driving Under the Influence of alcohol Monday following a three-car accident in which a woman was transported to a local hospital for injuries.

 

According to several reports, Rabon failed a field-sobriety test.

 

Records show that Rabon is also the author of two pieces of anti-drinking legislation, one in 2006 which would stiffen penalties involved for selling beer to minors and one this last legislative session that would ban anyone under 18 from selling low-point beer to anyone for consumption off-premises.

 

In a release supporting such legislation, Rabon said: "In 2004, 14.8 percent of Oklahoma drivers causing alcohol-related accidents were under 21. In 2003, 2,281 Oklahomans under the age of 21 were arrested for DUI - kids 18 and under accounted for about half of those arrests ... This is a public safety issue that is putting the lives of thousands of Oklahomans at risk."

 

Neither piece of legislation passed.

 

Does the senator's personal behavior really have any important relationship with legislation he would propose? Why or why not?

 

 
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