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Magistrate Doogan snowed under with pernicious drink drivers

By johnboy 23 April 2009 42

The Canberra Times (briefly) explains Magistrate Maria Doogan’s dismay at having to deal with 35 drink drivers yesterday (32 men, three women).

One wonders if the accused got together for a party afterwards?

Apparently this indicated “the Canberra community was failing to get the drink-driving message”.

Personally I think improved enforcement and detection’s got something to do with it, keep taking licences away and we’ll probably figure it out.

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monomania 11:46 am 24 Apr 09

vg said :

Yeah, so lets just let them off scott free. I’m pretty sure, on a straw poll, murderers have friends, cousin and some may even be mothers themselves.

In your world would they have laws at all? But being as you described yourself as a drink driver (when you said they are ‘me and your friend’) then what else would we expect……but I bet it wasn’t your fault

A typical response from you vg. Exaggerating what a person has said and/or making a personal attack on their character.

I never said that there should be no sanctions for drink driving. I think the penalties are about right. People on this post have come up with a lot of very punitive measures that they believe will reduce drink driving. It is obvious that the greater emphasis by police, current sentences and education have greatly reduced its incidence.

By not allowing work licences, those (and their families) who rely on the ability to drive face a far greater punishment than other offenders.

Unlike vg, who given his habit of throwing stones must be innocent of any wrong doing, but like a significant number of other Australians I have occasionally driven when drunk and not been detected. This occurred when I was younger. At the time the limit was 0.08%. Of course it was my fault. The fact that I no longer would consider doing so has nothing to do with penalties but does show the benefit of education and in my case peer pressure.

People dont usually loose their right to drive all together. Just the right to drive after work hours….

Driving on public roads is not a ‘right’.

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