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Yankton School Superintendent Joe Gertsema Faces DUI

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We don’t know yet what will happen in the case of Yankton School Superintendent Joe Gertsema.

Dr. Gertsema was stopped early Sunday near Vermillion and arrested for driving under the influence.

No, I’ve never been arrested for drunk driving, and given that I drink non-alcoholic beverages, there shouldn’t be any such encounter in my future. I hope.

But I’d be willing to bet that many, many folks, upon hearing the news about the superintendent, could remember a time when they breathed a sigh of relief as they drove into the garage that no law enforcement officer had spotted them on the way home.

Or worse yet, stopped them on the way home.

I’ve said before that you never know about the drivers you meet on the street and on the highway. Are they intoxicated? High? Distracted? Angry?

Dr. Gertsema has been up-front about it, telling his bosses on the school board and doing a very public mea culpa.

But driving under the influence is dangerous, regardless of who is behind the wheel, and there’s likely something that can be learned not only by students but by the public at large.

If you’ve been drinking, don’t drive. You’ll keep yourself and everyone else on the road a lot safer.

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