Drink driving

Normally we have the laws but just fail to implement them

Rob Kidd explains

A 47-year-old man’s 18th drink-driving conviction has sparked calls for a radical law change that would allow judges to sentence the worst offenders to preventive detention – effectively locking them up for life.

Darren Corey Newport, 47, has now racked up 18 convictions for driving over the limit – two of them in back-to-back drink-driving episodes this year alone.

Newport joins four other men who each have 18 drink-driving convictions, sharing the dubious title of New Zealand’s worst drink drivers. Newport is the youngest of the bunch.

Statistics from the Ministry of Justice show that while the number of people convicted of drink driving has fallen in the past three years from 27,518 to 23,377, the number of repeat offenders has remained virtually unchanged.

Gary Fryer, whose son Lance was killed by another of New Zealand’s worst drink drivers in 2003, believes current penalties are insufficient to stop repeat offenders.

And Malcolm Barnett, whose daughter Krystal, 18, was killed by a driver high on P in 2005, says the law should allow recidivist drink and drugged drivers to be given preventive detention.

Recidivist is just a nice word for hopeless loser.   Read more »

If you get into a car with a drunk behind the wheel there is a good chance you are going to die

I think in my life I have only ever once driven after drinking, and that was when I was 17…it was stupid and it has never happened since.

But all too often we are hearing about people getting into vehicles where the driver of the vehicle is legally drunk and subsequently smashes the vehicle and kills one or more of the occupants while surviving themselves.

We have a culture of calling the victims ‘innocent’ because they were passengers, but the reality is that people make choices, often poor ones, without realising that the cascading events can all combine and result in their death or serious injury.

The mother of a young woman killed in an alleged drink-driving accident is calling for a zero tolerance approach towards drink driving.

Ngaire Parker’s daughter Ashley Walsh and fellow passenger Tye Gibbs died after the van they were travelling in crashed on Old North Road, Kumeu, last August.

The 22-year-old driver Joel Bowlin was charged on Friday with two counts of driving with excess blood alcohol causing death.    Read more »

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Why do sports stars think they can get away with crimes?

Here we go again.

The NZ Herald reports on yet another sports star before the courts claiming special privileges lest their career be upset by a conviction.

An international basketball player will seek a discharge without conviction on a drink-drive charge today in a bid to save her sporting career.

Tall Fern Jordina Katu said the “stupid” mistake should not prevent her from fulfilling her potential in basketball and insisted she had given up alcohol to prove she had taken the incident seriously.

The 27-year-old will be sentenced this morning at the Auckland District Court, where she will argue that a conviction could limit her international travel.

She blew a reading of 704 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath when she was stopped in May. The adult legal limit is 400mcg.  Read more »

Time to throw away the key

He has received his 99th prison sentence, and clearly the punishments over the years have done nothing to stop this ratbag…time to throw away the key.

Unfortunately for us he got a dud judge…who decided that 16 months in prison…likely to only be 6 months…was perfectly adequate for a career criminal.

A New Plymouth conman and repeat drink-driver has been given his 99th prison term after driving home a woman he met in a pub.

Ian Arthur Lehndorf, 62, admitted drink driving and disqualified driving at Bell Block on August 24.

Lehndorf had accumulated 98 previous jail sentences – most involving multiple convictions for frauds – coupled with a raft of disqualified driving and drink-driving offences. He was also on a final warning.

“You of all people should know the consequences of apprehension,” Judge Allan Roberts told Lehndorf when sentencing him in the New Plymouth District Court yesterday.

Lehndorf’s lawyer, Jo Woodcock, said her client had been dry for eight years, but succumbed one night at Shifty’s Bar in Bell Block.  Read more »

I bet he was registered

The Labour party and teacher unions oppose charter schools because there is no mandatory requirement for all teachers at the schools to be registered.

They maintain that registration will protect kids. Yet day after day we see registered teachers before the courts for everything from kiddy fiddling to drink driving to fraud.

I wonder how this guy kept his registration…probably the union rep is my guess.

A teacher who was found driving so drunk he was off the scale of police breathalysers has been told he can continue in the classroom.

The Teacher’s Council released its decision today on whether to allow the American-born man to continue teaching today, following a disciplinary tribunal hearing..

His convictions came to light after a background check when he applied for a teaching licence in August last year, and was referred to the Council complaints committee.   Read more »

The Huddle

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I was on Larry Williams show, The Huddle,last night, with Josie Pagani.

Our topics were:

  • The Labour Party conference – now there’s a new man ban. Can’t see that changing things in the polls in a hurry.
  • Then there’s these horrid little oiks going online boasting about their exploits with underage and drunk girls. The cops say they can’t prosecute them because there’s no evidence other than the online bragging. This is  a difficult one, because the cops need hard evidence – but surely these kids should have been dealt with as soon as this whole thing started.
  • The government lowering the drink driving limit.   Read more »

Drink Driving limit to be lowered

The government has announced that they are going to lower the drink driving limit.

Prime Minister John Key says cabinet has agreed to lower the blood alcohol limit for all drivers.

The limit will fall from 0.08ml per 100ml of blood to 0.05ml.

Key said the new lower limit would give fines to drivers caught between the old limit and the new one.

He said the government had a strong track record for road safety, with the road toll falling by about 100 deaths a year while in government.

“The work is not over, no death is acceptable.”

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee said the decision was striking a balance of showing that the government was serious about alcohol in driving, while deciding whether drivers were criminals.   Read more »

The Huddle at 1740

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I am on Larry Williams show, The Huddle, tonight, with Josie Pagani.

Our topics are:

  • The Labour Party conference – now there’s a new man ban. Can’t see that changing things in the polls in a hurry.
  • Then there’s these horrid little oiks going online boasting about their exploits with underage and drunk girls. The cops say they can’t prosecute them because there’s no evidence other than the online bragging. This is  a difficult one, because the cops need hard evidence – but surely these kids should have been dealt with as soon as this whole thing started.
  • The government lowering the drink driving limit.

You can listen online or via usual methods.

I will post the audio tomorrow for those who miss it.

I bet they are all still registered

Labour and the teacher unions all oppose partnership schools on the basis that not all teachers a required to be registered. Apparently this is to protect the children.

Meanwhile ratbag registered teachers continue to parade through the courts. And look they  really are still registered, and still teaching too.

A four-time drink driver is among three teachers convicted of criminal charges who have been allowed to remain in the classroom.

The Teachers Council disciplinary tribunal has released decisions in the three separate cases, with names of the teachers and their schools withheld.

The intermediate school teacher convicted of her fourth drink driving charge had been already been censured after a third offence.

Her latest conviction in February 2012 came after she was seen driving into a traffic island in October 2011. She was breath tested and found to have an alcohol reading of 730mcg per litre of breath. The legal limit is 400mcg.  Read more »

A good judge

Compare and contrast this morning’s dud judge with this judge from Rotorua:

Judge Ruth noted Mathie also had a 2010 drink driving conviction, with a reading of 1603 micrograms.

“You are an alcoholic. You are a danger on the road and you need to be kept off the road for as long as legitimately possible,” he told her.

He rejected her explanation to police she had drunk just two glasses of wine that day.  Read more »