But have you tried the buses?

johnboy 15 December 2010 12

This in from ACT Policing:

A 25-year-old Florey man, who had received a three year disqualification from driving after appearing in the ACT Magistrate’s Court yesterday (Tuesday December 14), was seen leaving the courts carpark minutes later driving a green Ford Falcon.

The man, who has never held a licence, was in court yesterday morning for other traffic related matters. Magistrate Peter Dingwall ordered a 12 month good behaviour bond and disqualified the man from driving a motor vehicle for three years.

Police were notified of the incident and located the man driving his car along Southern Cross Drive in Scullin a short time later. He was arrested and taken to ACT Watch House where he was released on bail.

The man will face the ACT Magistrate’s Court tomorrow (Thursday December 16) charged with drive while disqualified.


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Mystery2Me Mystery2Me 11:11 am 16 Dec 10

Spectra said :

farnarkler said :

Well sorry to burst your bubble but reoffenders like this are pretty convincing evidence that the soft approach just does not work.

No, they’re not. They’re no more than anecdotal evidence, and naturally they’re the only ones you hear about. “Joe Blogs was let off with a fine and a slap on the wrist, and never offended again” is hardly likely to run as the lead story on tonight’s news, no matter how often it happens. All cases like this prove are that there are some people who don’t get the message and for whom a different (perhaps much harsher) approach is needed. They prove nothing about whether the approach is effective in a broader statistical sense.

Thank you Spectra for a realistic view of the criminal justice / media system…..

James-T-Kirk James-T-Kirk 9:05 am 16 Dec 10

Another $50 fine to swell the ACT’s coffers! Everybody wins!

I’d say it’s a case where his car should be crushed, too stupid!

Noooooo — That would cost us $75, so we (The ACT) will be down by $25…

Jim Jones Jim Jones 9:04 am 16 Dec 10

facet said :

Of course the civil libertarians will shriek about how cruel it would be and that criminals like this should be pampered and counselled and given a million chances to redeem themselves. Well sorry to burst your bubble but reoffenders like this are pretty convincing evidence that the soft approach just does not work.

+1 Being a member of society entails rights and responsibilities. Act in an irresponsible way and you lose your “rights”.

Sorry, but the entire legal framework of Western Civilisation disagrees with you, from the Magna Carta through the Declaration of Independence and the Geneva Convention.

cleo cleo 11:27 pm 15 Dec 10

Another $50 fine to swell the ACT’s coffers! Everybody wins!

I’d say it’s a case where his car should be crushed, too stupid!

Deref Deref 7:22 pm 15 Dec 10

Another $50 fine to swell the ACT’s coffers! Everybody wins!

Spectra Spectra 7:21 pm 15 Dec 10

farnarkler said :

Well sorry to burst your bubble but reoffenders like this are pretty convincing evidence that the soft approach just does not work.

No, they’re not. They’re no more than anecdotal evidence, and naturally they’re the only ones you hear about. “Joe Blogs was let off with a fine and a slap on the wrist, and never offended again” is hardly likely to run as the lead story on tonight’s news, no matter how often it happens. All cases like this prove are that there are some people who don’t get the message and for whom a different (perhaps much harsher) approach is needed. They prove nothing about whether the approach is effective in a broader statistical sense.

farnarkler farnarkler 3:34 pm 15 Dec 10

Mistake acknowledged GBT.

facet facet 2:32 pm 15 Dec 10

Of course the civil libertarians will shriek about how cruel it would be and that criminals like this should be pampered and counselled and given a million chances to redeem themselves. Well sorry to burst your bubble but reoffenders like this are pretty convincing evidence that the soft approach just does not work.

+1 Being a member of society entails rights and responsibilities. Act in an irresponsible way and you lose your “rights”.

GBT GBT 2:29 pm 15 Dec 10

Toe the line, not tow.

Grammar Nazi.

mddawson mddawson 2:22 pm 15 Dec 10

Short of executing or maiming people like this so they can never drive again, what does society do with them? It’s obvious this individual just doesn’t care and knows the ACT judicial system is a paper tiger.

First thing they can do is confiscate the car permanently. Not their car, tough luck, the owner should have checked the license before loaning their car. If its a stolen car, its returned to owners. Then each year the cars can be sold off.

farnarkler farnarkler 1:50 pm 15 Dec 10

Hmmm I wonder how he got from the ACT Watch House back to Florey, drove perhaps.

Short of executing or maiming people like this so they can never drive again, what does society do with them? It’s obvious this individual just doesn’t care and knows the ACT judicial system is a paper tiger.

People who choose not to be part of society often go and live in isolated communities or on their own out in the bush. Perhaps it’s time people like this individual are taken out of society and placed in an isolated community far from the luxuries of modern Western life until they learn to tow the line.

Of course the civil libertarians will shriek about how cruel it would be and that criminals like this should be pampered and counselled and given a million chances to redeem themselves. Well sorry to burst your bubble but reoffenders like this are pretty convincing evidence that the soft approach just does not work.

troll-sniffer troll-sniffer 1:47 pm 15 Dec 10

Ha ha reminds me of the time one of the plods decided the crime of riding a bicycle without a helmet was a serious offence worthy of an appearance before a beak… so on the appointed day at 10 o’clock in the forenoon I rode the trusty treadlie down to the law courts, sans helmet as usual, locked it to a pole right outside the entrance, wandered in and was dealt with most severely by the magistrate (guilty as charged but no penalty set) gave the bird to “the hare” (translated from the french as those who know the plod will recognise), jumped on the pushy and rode sans helmet all the way home. I was waiting for said plod to chase after me and book me again but to no avail, he was probably drowning his sorrows in the nearest counselling centre.

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