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Bentley driver sentenced to the big house

Ralph 23 June 2005 33

Today’s Australian is reporting that Alan Denis Shortall, who was caught doing 231 km/h along the Hume Highway at Collector earlier this year, has been sentenced to six months in prison.

He will stay on bail while he appeals the sentence. Millionaires generally have access to good legal resources, so he’ll probably manage to wriggle out of this one. However I believe that grubs like him who behave in such a dangerous manner (and who have a total disregard for the safety of others) ought to have a stint away from the rest of society.

Previous coverage of this story is available here.

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33 Responses to Bentley driver sentenced to the big house
Spitfire3 Spitfire3 1:46 am 03 Jan 09

Philby, what’s that you said about your sister?

Philby Philby 2:16 pm 18 Aug 05

Ok so I’m a newcomer, recently popped my chery on thi siste but I CANNOT BELIEVE YOU people! The crucial factoer that you’ve ALL overlooked is his reason for travelling at such high speed. Apparently the “extenuating circumstanecs” that his brief had referred to on TV were that his client was runnig late for a dinner with the Right Horrible John Winston. I mean come on, doesn’t that excuse a little buit of ‘arguably’ unsafe driving? DOES IT BOLLOCKS!

Spitfire3 Spitfire3 6:57 pm 26 Jun 05

I posted this at the Canberra Times site as a response to the news story:

Want to travel fast? Catch a train.
Sunday, 26 June 2005

Driving is not a right, it’s a privilege. And it certainly doesn’t override MY right to transport my family safely around the country. I’m glad he got put in jail – I shouldn’t have to worry that some self-centred rich boy is going to appear in my rear-view mirror all of a sudden and then make mince meat of me and my family half a second later. Good on the judge for sticking up for the quiet majority.

In an accident, the faster the cars are going, the worse it will be for everyone involved and the less likely it is that the drivers will be able to avoid it. People’s whole worlds get destroyed in this manner every few months. It’s not tall poppy sydrome, Jim Wilfon, it’s dangerous idiot syndrome.

Megand Megand 6:27 pm 26 Jun 05

Correction: The Goulburn Post was also in the court to record Shortall’s sentencing. My apologies for not acknowledging them!

johnboy johnboy 10:41 am 26 Jun 05

Where are you going to stop with your precautionary principle seepi?

we’re not far from genetic tests for all manner of potential things. it’s something to be thinking about.

Special G Special G 5:23 am 26 Jun 05

Speeding doesn’t carry a high penalty it just gets given one by the Courts. Assaults, burglaries and the like carry high penalties although people get off on the leniency of the Courts because of their financial situation or drug habits.
A person who actually has a decent job can’t ask the Court for leniency due to monetary restrictions and therefore gets hit with a big fine.

seepi seepi 9:39 pm 25 Jun 05

Driving down this same road tonight and someone’s goats had got out and were all along the verge. I wouldn’t like to hit one of them at 230km….
Speeding has a big potential harm – like drug dealing, this is why it carries a high penalty.

johnboy johnboy 6:59 am 25 Jun 05

well said G

Special G Special G 6:30 am 25 Jun 05

I am not sympathising with him, I am all for harsh sentencing. I would just like to see some harsher sentences in relation to crimes that actually have a victim.

johnboy johnboy 6:44 pm 24 Jun 05

Mostly it’s what’s online at the time Megan.

The CT is our source of choice but we like to move as fast as we can.

Ralph Ralph 1:59 pm 24 Jun 05

As you will see, the story was submitted at 8.30am. I will link to whatever electronic source I can find easily. The web monkeys at the Canberra Times don’t seem to get out of bed until after 9am.

I see Mr Shorthall has attracted a crowd of sympathisers over on the CT site.

Megand Megand 1:35 pm 24 Jun 05

Why do you refer only to the Australian’s coverage of the Bentley driver? The Canberra Times was the first newspaper to identify the driver and was the only newspaper in the court when Shortall was sentenced.

Spitfire3 Spitfire3 1:13 pm 24 Jun 05

Oops, I didn’t mean to italicise the whole message, sorry.

Spitfire3 Spitfire3 1:12 pm 24 Jun 05

Speed doesn’t kill, driving at an inappropriate speed increases the likelyhood of death, but the speed itself does not.
This is technically correct, but can you give an example to show that the difference you have identified is significant?
I mean, this is similar to saying that falling from a great height doesn’t kill people, it’s the sudden stop at the bottom that does.

sk8erboi sk8erboi 9:05 pm 23 Jun 05

oops, that should have been S3, not SG.

sk8erboi sk8erboi 9:04 pm 23 Jun 05

Sorry LG and SG, you are both ever so slightly wrong. Speed doesn’t kill, driving at an inappropriate speed increases the likelyhood of death, but the speed itself does not. The “speed kills” message is repeated often enough that people start to believe it, and it’s dumbing down the debate.

Special G Special G 5:29 pm 23 Jun 05

LG, I understand where you are coming from I have known someone who was killed by a drunk driver speeding on the wrong side of the road. He got community service and a good behaviour bond. What I am after is some sort of consistancy in sentencing. Crimes where someone gets injured,etc should hold a far greater penalty than one where someone doesn’t.

Spitfire3 Spitfire3 5:11 pm 23 Jun 05

Go LG! I agree with your sentiments completely, but was unable to articulate them as clearly as you have.

LurkerGal LurkerGal 4:40 pm 23 Jun 05

Oh for Fuck’s sake!!! Are we having this argument AGAIN???? Openyourmind and bonfire, it doesn’t matter, the fact is he broke the law. This is the law here. Regardless of what you think, speed DOES kill people. If it didn’t, we would be allowed to go as fast as we wanted. Obviously niether of you have ever had someone you care about killed on the road by someone with the same attitude you have. I have. Trust me, it is a lot more of a miscarriage of justice than the punishment he is getting. If people learn from this, then good. Personally, I would rather this guy went to prison for a miserable 6 months than some per person lost their mother FOREVER.

Get over the self gratification. Get over the “but I want to do it and I don’t care if anyone else gets hurt”. Get over thinking your need for speed is the be all and end all.

Or just go out in the bush, get up to full speed and plough in to a tree. That would be the best solution for all of us, I think.

Chalker Chalker 3:33 pm 23 Jun 05

I’m not disagreeing that there are many other factors which affect road fatalities, but a dementia patient doing 110km/h is less likely to kill someone than a dementia patient doing 230km/h (someone who is consistently disregarding other road users must be getting pretty close to some form of dementia).
Oh, and I couldn’t see anywhere in that article where it said “fatalities”, just “car accidents”. What turns an accident into a fatality? Speed (or at least the sudden impact..).

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