And almost always, a multiple-offender drink driver.
Today's story from the Herald Sun demonstrates every area of failure in the system.
A young couple was ploughed into by a drunken woman, killing their unborn child in March of 2011. The victim has just had his 10th operation to repair broken vertebre in his back.
The drink driver, Cheryl Armstrong, had two previous convictions for drink-driving as well as numerous convictions for driving unlicenced and unqualified. Instead of magistrates seeing these for what they are - warning signs by a future killer, the court imposed fines, community service orders, and even short jail sentences. THAT WERE WHOLLY SUSPENDED. Cheryl walked out of court free, time and time again. A time bomb waiting to kill.
IT'S TIME TO DEMAND SOME ACTION.
In the United States, Mothers Against Drink Driving (MADD) was started by Texan Candy Lightner, after her 13 year old daughter was killed by a reoffending drink driver. The organisation has managed to toughen US laws on drink driving. These laws were in 1980 already stronger than what we have in Australia.
There are many things that should be done TODAY to start an get these drivers off the roads.
• ALL DRINK-DRIVING ARRESTS PUBLISHED BY POLICE DAILY
Like pedophiles, the community needs to know where the drink drivers are, for their own safety. If you had a convicted child killer living on your street, you'd take extra care when you kids went out. THAT'S WHAT THESE REPEAT DRINK DRIVERS ARE - KILLERS!
• INSURANCE COMPANIES TO INCREASE PREMIUMS FOR DRINK DRIVERS
In the US, Canada, Britain, Germany, indeed almost all western countries, any drink driving conviction at any range gets immediate stiff increases in car insurance rates. I was gobsmacked when I first heard this! In some cases, car insurance TRIPLES immediately on conviction for drink driving!
I know repeat drink drivers in Cairns that boast "Rating One for Life" car insurance rates. Isn't insurance supposed to be priced based on risk? What can be more risky than someone who thinks driving a 1200kg machine drunk is OK?
• MINIMUM SIX MONTH LICENCE SUSPENSIONS
Get caught driving while suspended, go to jail.
• MANDATORY CAR IMPOUND PENDING COURT ACTION
Learning to walk to work the equivalent of drink-driver "boot camp".
• CONVICTED OFFENDERS WILL REQUIRE MANDATORY IGNITION INTERLOCKS
Australian culture encourages and rewards drunken behaviour. We're not going to change that. We just need to keep them off the road so they don't kill the rest of us.
• CONVICTED OFFENDERS CAN ONLY DRIVE "PLACARDED" CARS
We suggest a red "K" attached to car, front and rear.
• REPEAT OFFENDERS GET MANDATORY JAIL TIME
Nothing focuses the mind on community expectations more than some time in the Graybar Hotel.
• DRINK DRIVING EDUCATION AND COUNSELING
Sure, why not. We tend to think it's a fucking waste of time - drink drivers look for any excuse to justify their aberrant behaviour: 'I hadn't eaten all day and assumed three glasses of wine would be under the limit': Warren Entsch, Minister for Blogs
The key concept in all of these items? MANDATORY! It's plain
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ALREADY ON THE CAMPAIGN, INSISTING
ALL DRINK DRIVERS HONOR THEIR
COMMUNITY AND DRINK LOCALLY!