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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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PrinceOfAles 7:00 pm 27 Sep 13

goggles13 said :

Growling Ferret said :

Punter

You sound like a someone with a grudge against the local old print identity. I have never met, nor have any affiliation with Jack, other than being a former Canberra Times subscriber.

I don’t condone drink driving. But .08 at near enough midnight on a Wednesday night in the middle of winter is hardly peak hour for ‘killing someone’. I was pointing out the excessive shrillness of Fabforty’s post.

He broke the law (and as I said, it was probably one glass of wine over the course of the night too many), but after 44 years of unblemished record, has got his fine and public shaming.

Peta Credlin blew a similar figure (.075) and also had her charge dismissed.

If he was a serial offender, caught for the 3rd time and driving unlicenced, I would suggest throwing the book at him.

But he aint, the court decided his punishment so play on….

who’s to say that he hasn’t driven drunk in the past and just not caught?

Fortunately our legal system doesn`t work that way. Who`s to say you haven`t raped women in the past and just not been caught. Perhaps we should just try you for that hey?

chilli 6:41 pm 27 Sep 13

Thumper said :

Punter said :

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.

I’m with the ferret on this one. 0.08 is hardly smashed.

+1

goggles13 3:48 pm 27 Sep 13

Growling Ferret said :

Punter

You sound like a someone with a grudge against the local old print identity. I have never met, nor have any affiliation with Jack, other than being a former Canberra Times subscriber.

I don’t condone drink driving. But .08 at near enough midnight on a Wednesday night in the middle of winter is hardly peak hour for ‘killing someone’. I was pointing out the excessive shrillness of Fabforty’s post.

He broke the law (and as I said, it was probably one glass of wine over the course of the night too many), but after 44 years of unblemished record, has got his fine and public shaming.

Peta Credlin blew a similar figure (.075) and also had her charge dismissed.

If he was a serial offender, caught for the 3rd time and driving unlicenced, I would suggest throwing the book at him.

But he aint, the court decided his punishment so play on….

who’s to say that he hasn’t driven drunk in the past and just not caught?

Solidarity 2:27 pm 27 Sep 13

0.08 was the limit for most of his driving career anyway

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