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Put the blame where it belongs

August 2008
Re: (SIU clears cops in fatal crash: Barrie Advance, 13 August 2008), let’s make one thing clear: Ronald Miller is the one and only person responsible for the death of Michael O’Keefe. That is why he is charged with dangerous driving causing death, impaired driving causing death, and flight from police.

When you see flashing police lights, you are to immediately pull to the right (or nearest side of the road if on a one-way street), and come to a safe stop. Either the police officer wants to talk to you, or they are on their way to an emergency call and need you out of the way.

For what ever reason, Ronald Miller and Ronald Miller alone, decided not to stop and engage police in a pursuit. Usually when people flee from the police, it is usually because they don’t want to face the consequences for what they have done.

Some people are of the opinion that when police peruse a suspect, it encourages that person to drive faster to elude police. What a load of hog-wash. The police did nothing wrong; they did nothing to encourage Ronald Miller to keep driving. What was wrong was Ronald Miller’s refusal to take his foot off the the accelerator of his car, which ultimately lead to tragic results.

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Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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