Wednesday, July 10, 2013
I'm getting a mixed message here
"An Invercargill High Court judge has ruled in favour of a Maniototo drunk driver seeking to escape jail time for his fifth offence.
Justice Christian Whata has overturned a sentence of seven months jail for farmer Allan James Carran from Otago rural township Ranfurly, reducing the sentence to four months home detention.
Police caught Carran, 47, with a breath alcohol reading of more than three times the legal limit, 1266 micrograms per litre of breath while he was driving to Otautau to pick up his wife around lunchtime on Sunday, March 19 this year.
Carran had previously been caught drunk driving on 1985, 1988, 1993, and 2003..."
One moment I'm being told that DIC is a very serious offense. Based on the enormous amounts of taxpayers money spent enforcing it, you could almost believe this to be true.
But then you look at the sentences handed down.
The only real punishment is when the driver loses his job over the loss of a license- that is the only time there are any real consequences...