Tuesday, March 24, 2009

He Had Eight OWI's, So Why Was He Motoring Around To Get #9?

Here's why:

Mequon thought arrest #8 was merely arrest #1, and issued the repeat/repeat/repeat/repeat/repeat/repeat/repeat/repeat offender that famous Wisconsin citation for a first offense.

Now he's back in jail, after arrest #9, which can get you 10 years in prison, which, by the way, you can get for an 8th conviction - - skated past in this case due to Mequon's rinky-dink prosecution..

Here is the state OWI penalty chart.

1 comment:

Jim Bouman said...

Over the weekend, I was with a group discussing a wide-ranging array of topics derived from the experience of a teacher who just retuned from a two year exchange; he was teaching in a Berlin secondary school.

He's a thoughtful observer; the talk turned to a variety of subjects:
1. Why is it that only 2 percent of Germans claim to have any kind of religious practice?
Answer: Two World Wars.

2. What about the laxness of German attitudes towards use of alcohol, legally, by 16 year olds?
Answer: Germans assume that everyone needs to establish self control. Adolescents and young people realize that they well pay the consequences for irresponsibility.

3. Aren't they afraid of kids so young driving drunk?
Answer: Not at all. One needs to be 18 to drive in Germany. Moreover, the law is clear. One DUI means revocation--permanent, life-long revocation--of driving privileges. And there is NO APPEAL from such a penalty.

What is the legal limit for establishing culpable DUI, with evidence by breathalyzer?
Answer: 0.000.

Doesn't this kind of draconian measure step on fundamental rights, ruin the sociability of German people?
Answer: Not at all. Germans like beer, wine, schnapps, martinis, whiskey, etc. They just know better than to enjoy alcohol and then get behind the wheel.