just look on this link
I think it would be normal in any town in America for the police to pull over someone with a broken headlight and upon finding out they have been drinking, ask them to take a sobriety test. I also think it is perfectly reasonable to arrest said driver for failing the sobriety test.
This is a ridiculous attempt to slander Bar Harbor. Next time, try walking home from dinner.
Just a general observation--
Every year we get one or two such posts. I'm not sure that they are mean-spirited, but they do reflect an attitude---on the part of some---of entitlement, i.e., that as visitors to this area, they should be treated as royalty. I hasten to add that in no way are such posts unique to people from beyond the borders of the United States. It is unfortunate that visitors to our area run afoul of the law, but it happens. What is important to remember is that local citizens also are subject to the same laws. That perhaps over a short period more visitors than locals have problems with the local law enforcement agencies is simply a matter of mathematics---in the height of the tourist season, there are relatively many more visitors than locals.Edited: 12 February 2010, 01:43
I just came on this forum to get info for my upcoming trip to Maine. Having read the blog, and the responses, I am happy to hear that Bar Harbor protects everybody. Giving preferencial treatment to tourists is something that happens in my neck-of-the-woods, which is a tourist area. The laws have to apply to all to prevent danger to all. I support their actions
As someone who was all too close to the carnage and deaths on Maine roads caused by drivers who'd "only had a little to drink", despite blowing well in excess of .08 (Maine's legal limit) on a breathalyzer or from a blood test, I'm extremely pleased to hear that Bar Harbor's finest are still taking potential Operating Under the Influence violations seriously.
This just strikes me as another case of someone unwilling to take responsibilty for their own actions looking for somewhere to shift the blame.
Bar Harbor always has, and hopefully always will, welcome those who are willing to drive safely and obey Maine's traffic laws, especially those relating to drinking-and-driving.
I for one would not want to visit a place that treated its tourists like they were above the law. Your car had a burned out light, you were not selected at random for a stop. You admitted to drinking before driving, and I am assuming by your letter, also had a bit of an attitude. When you visit a country, you are subject to their laws, like it or not. I am happy that you don't want to return to Bar Harbor, that means it will be safer for law-abiding citizens and tourists alike. If you feel that being a tourist means you are entitlted to being above the law, and you admitted that you had a 'few glasses of wine' before driving, I sure hope you don't come to Nova Scotia either. We have zero tolerance here too. Well done to the Bar Harbor police.
Bravo to the police force in Bar Harbor. They have made it safer for all of us to visit. And as far as the police targeting tourists...a quick story. Years ago (you guys who live there would know exactly when) Cottage Street became one way. Now we had been visiting there for a long, long time and didn't realize there had been a change. We missed the sign and made a left onto the new one-way Cottage Street. Not only did we make that mistake but we did it in front of a police officer who promptly came to our car. Now in CT regardless of our mis-intent we would have been ticketed. The officer was wonderful. He stopped traffic on both Cottage Street and Main Street and helped us turn around. He then told us to enjoy the rest of our vacation. No ticket, no lecture, a little embarrassment but that was it. So one more reason why Bar Harbor is where we come, and will continue to come, every year.
I am totally agree with you Destination expert, but I passed this test. I did not failed.
For others, if you read me right, although my English is very bad, I have nothing against a police to arrest a driver with a faulty car (headlights) or arrest a citizen believing that he is drunk ... I am also against the excesses (, 08%), but I am against a frustrated cop who, following a negative breathalyser, accused deliberately the same driver of driving indanger without any criminal driving evidence. It made me lose my time and money and by its status as representative of the law, he projected an image of Bar Harbor a town run by cowboys! I understand that you are proud of your city and I am also of mine, but if this event have occurred in my town, I'd be the first to criticize it. The enforcement of any city should demonstrate respect to it's citizen and even more to tourist!
Sorry I do not come back for more comment
I believe cwvoigt hit the nail on the head: "they do reflect an attitude---on the part of some---of entitlement, i.e., that as visitors to this area, they should be treated as royalty" after reading Jasonhh's response: The enforcement of any city should demonstrate respect to it's citizen and EVEN MORE to tourist!"
I am looking forward to my own visit to Bar Harbor this summer however, I'll leave my crown at home. :-)
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What happened to you is about the same of the attitude of the restaurants who exploit their customers by charging an automatic tip of 10% just because you are a group of 8 poeples or more. They think only to make money without thinking about the welfare of its customers .... ha so down home wee call that a good customer services as it seen to happen in your state in the south