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Jack Waterford pleads guilty to DUI

By johnboy - 26 September 2013 24

The Canberra Times reports their editor-at-large has plead guilty but avoided conviction for a low range DUI:

Waterford blew 0.082 after he was stopped by police on Northbourne Avenue, Braddon, about 11.35pm on July 10 this year.

Waterford, who represented himself, applied for and was granted a Section 17, which allowed him to avoid a conviction and keep his licence, due to his 44-year unblemished driving record.

He was, however, ordered to pay court costs of $69.

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Jack Waterford pleads guilty to DUI
Punter 9:53 pm 26 Sep 13

Growling Ferret said :

fabforty said :

I don’t get it.

How does a 44 year unblemished record stop you from killing someone when you drive p*ssed ?

0.08 is hardly driving around ‘pissed’.

Over the limit, yes, but probably one drink over the course of an evening over the limit. For someone like Mr Waterford who has had more drinks than you have hot meals, it was a small transgression in the greater scheme of things.

Ferret, I so want to comment on your lack of community responsibility (and I did have a lengthy piece written which I deleted for this ‘dulled down’ post) but I have faith the greater community will see your comment for all it’s irresponsibility that it deserves. Waterford has for so long been the critic of how laws are administered in this great territory of ours, and now, when he is outed as a ‘perpetrator’ (as my 9yo would put it) and has been proven in the eyes of our justice system, we’re confronted with your watered down analysis of what community should expect? Your comments smack of either a grossly irresponsible goose, or an employee of some kind involved with Waterford. Either way, your comments carry no weight toward my opinion of any valid argument regarding this issue; and I properly feel scared to think you may be driving on the same roads as my family and I.

breda 9:47 pm 26 Sep 13

@ roundhead:

” Around ten years ago the CT held an open day at the Fyshwick hacienda and Waterford was chain smoking in front of everybody. Not a good look at all.”
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In front of everybody? Just like that? OMG.

He should have gone around the back, by the dunnies, as was required at school. After all, the “look” is what matters.

Now, you’d best be off. We don’t want to keep you from that appointment with the headmaster where you straighten out the ludicrous allegations about dear little Harry being a bully …

Postalgeek 9:38 pm 26 Sep 13

Masquara said :

Diggety said :

Have a Q regarding a Section 17: although no conviction is recorded, does that mean a repeat offence will show up in further hearings?

Depends on whether you still have drinking buddies in high places maybe?

‘Cause I’ve got friends in high places
where the whiskey drowns
and the beer chases the boys in blue away
and I’ll be okay

Masquara 8:51 pm 26 Sep 13

Diggety said :

Have a Q regarding a Section 17: although no conviction is recorded, does that mean a repeat offence will show up in further hearings?

Depends on whether you still have drinking buddies in high places maybe?

Growling Ferret 7:32 pm 26 Sep 13

fabforty said :

I don’t get it.

How does a 44 year unblemished record stop you from killing someone when you drive p*ssed ?

0.08 is hardly driving around ‘pissed’.

Over the limit, yes, but probably one drink over the course of an evening over the limit. For someone like Mr Waterford who has had more drinks than you have hot meals, it was a small transgression in the greater scheme of things.

chewy14 6:42 pm 26 Sep 13

fabforty said :

I don’t get it.

How does a 44 year unblemished record stop you from killing someone when you drive p*ssed ?

C’mon now, everyone knows drink driving isn’t a crime. (as long as you haven’t been caught in a while).

snoopydoc 6:37 pm 26 Sep 13

Anyone else think that a previous untarnished record somehow alters the probability that during this drunk-driving episode you’re going to hurt someone?

#logic #fail

Should be automatic loss of licence +/- vehicle, irrespective of previous record.

fabforty 4:54 pm 26 Sep 13

I don’t get it.

How does a 44 year unblemished record stop you from killing someone when you drive p*ssed ?

Heavs 4:38 pm 26 Sep 13

Roundhead89 said :

So he’s drinking and driving now? Around ten years ago the CT held an open day at the Fyshwick hacienda and Waterford was chain smoking in front of everybody. Not a good look at all.

At least that R.Slicker chaps kind of vaguely on-topic recollections from 20 years ago are amusing.

Diggety 4:26 pm 26 Sep 13

Have a Q regarding a Section 17: although no conviction is recorded, does that mean a repeat offence will show up in further hearings?

Roundhead89 4:15 pm 26 Sep 13

So he’s drinking and driving now? Around ten years ago the CT held an open day at the Fyshwick hacienda and Waterford was chain smoking in front of everybody. Not a good look at all.

liability 4:04 pm 26 Sep 13

Nothing to see here, move along.

A typical outcome for someone who apparently has a “44 year unblemished driving record”. Pretty much any one with no offences in the preceding 10 years will get the same treatment. If you attend the regular PCA lists at the Magistrates Court you would know that this was to be expected.

Robertson 3:28 pm 26 Sep 13

Was it around the time Justice Gallop got off scot-free after blowing .1 in late ’98?

Queen_of_the_Bun 1:44 pm 26 Sep 13

Years ago, the Canberra Times used to name and shame every drink driver who appeared in court. The practice suddenly stopped and the rumour mill went into overtime about which senior staff member must have been done for DUI. Clearly it couldn’t have been Mr Waterford with his previously unblemished record.

PantsMan 11:42 am 26 Sep 13

This all looks Kosher.

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