sobriety

Doug Donckels says he is appalled by the many discarded alcohol cans and bottles he has found on Banducci Road.

Courtesy of Doug Donckels

Perhaps you've seen my truck on the side of the roads here in Tehachapi. I do a bit of community service picking up trash on occasion. I recently set up an old bike so I can collect recyclables. The cans, bottles and plastics pictured here were picked up on a one-mile section on Banducci Road starting at Brite Lake heading up toward Stallion Springs.

I cleaned up this section just prior to the Gran Fondo bike ride in September. That's only four months ago. There were 57 beer cans and about 25 glass beer and other type alcohol bottles. Looks to me like a great place to set up a field sobriety checkpoint. 

Take this as a warning — drunken driving is not acceptable. I will forward this to the California Highway Patrol and Kern County Sheriff's Office.

Doug Donckels, Tehachapi