And if Slabbed received a dime for every picture of Bay St Louis Golf Cart jackassery we get, we’d be up to about $2.20 so far this year. That said back in June Bay St Louis Police Chief Darren Freeman minimized the Citizen complaints about Golf Carts run amuck as “unfounded” in a story he obviously planted in the Sun Herald:
Outgoing Councilman Lonnie Falgout, who lost his bid for re-election, recently took potshots at police by alleging they’ve turned a blind eye to golf cart safety and have even allowed children to be designated drivers for their drinking parents.
Police Chief Darin Freeman, who has been in office since January, said the Bay St. Louis Police Department has received only one complaint of a child driving a golf cart since then, “and it was unfounded.”
“Our officers are doing a great job of addressing any unsafe issues they see,” Freeman said. “If we see anything unsafe, we handle it appropriately.”
It was then that I was reminded of a community policing seminar Chief Freeman gave down on the beach to a group of concerned citizens earlier this year. Here is a pic from that event which well summarized the Chief’s philosophy: 😉
Seriously folks, I would see kids driving Golf Carts all the time in Ward 1 not that long ago when we lived there along with other spots in town where we’d be out and about, so an earlier story on the topic which made the national media that Cassandra Favre wrote for the Sea Coast Echo sounded much more true to life to me. The story Chief planted in the Sun Herald in late June was in direct response to Cassandra’s.
With that set up, the following image has already garnered a nomination for Slabbed New Media’s best picture of the year:
Let’s help Chief Freeman identify the violations:
- Driving the wrong way on a one way street.
- Unrestrained Child riding on the driver’s lap
- 5 other unrestrained children
- Cart not licensed
How about another quote from the Freeman planted Sun Herald story:
“If people have the right safety equipment, insurance and a driver’s license, and the speed limit is low, it’s legal — and they have to follow laws just like other vehicles,” Freeman said.
“Passing a local and private bill would help us regulate golf carts, make sure they meet safety inspections and the drivers have insurance.”
Freeman, who lives downtown, said the golf carts he sees being driven around the tourist areas are being driven safely.
Of course since Bay St Louis is not authorized by law to have golf carts on City streets every Golf Cart Chief Freeman sees is in violation of the law since none of the ones in Bay St Louis have license plates. The planted story was just bad on several levels including the obvious self contradictions.
I’ll add that the folks complaining about idiots unsafely driving golf carts the wrong way down one way streets are not kill-joys or assholes or whatever else Chief may term them. One day there will no doubt be an accident with a fatality that could have been avoided had the Bay PD simply done their job. Ignoring a problem is not good policing IMHO, rather its flat out lazy.
I’ll end this post with an observation that Wes Muller is still greatly missed on the Hancock County beat.