drunk driving

Are coroners a special kind of stupid?

I despair with coroners in this country.

They come out with all sorts of bizarre recommendations and the latest one is no different.

A coroner is calling for better regulations of headlights following the death of a drunk man who was run over lying on a rural Hamilton road at night.

Hastings man William Gregory Hoskins was killed on January 15, 2012, after he was struck by a car on Marychurch Road in the early hours of the morning.

It is not known how he came to be lying on the road, Coroner Gary Evans said in findings released today.

Hoskins had travelled to Hamilton with family to attend a cousin’s wedding, and had been drinking at the reception.

A test found he had alcohol in his blood at a level of 190 milligrams per 100 millilitres, over twice the legal blood alcohol limit for drivers.

He had also smoked the equivalent of a single cannabis cigarette in the hours before his death, which may have accentuated the effects of alcohol, a report said.

In the hour before his death, Hoskin had texted his father and stepmother asking to pick him up and take him back to the motel they were staying at.

He was last seen at the reception about 4.25am, when he apparently left to walk back to the motel.

About 4.45am, his body was found by a motorist. He was alive but unconscious, and died shortly after paramedics arrived.¬† Read more »

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 »

Man dies while driving drunk and somehow it is the cop’s fault

This guy was plastered and drove drunk, it was no surprise that he subsequently died as a result of HIS actions.

Except the Herald on Sunday blames the cops…because a device failed to detect his excess breath alcohol levels properly.

A drunk driver breezed through a police breath test despite being almost four times over the drink-drive limit – and was killed in a crash shortly afterwards.

After the death, police have issued a notice to all staff reminding them to hold the device close to a person’s mouth to ensure a good sample is captured.¬† Read more »

You flee, you die

I see the Herald is once again through headlines and the way they word the articles laying the blame of the death of  munter who fled the cops onto the cops for chasing her.

Bottom line is this..if you don;t flee from the police then you don’t die.

A woman killed in a crash after a police pursuit in Wanganui last night was caught driving drunk earlier in the evening, police say.

The 21-year-old learner driver died instantly and six passengers were injured when the car crashed into a tree at an intersection in Gonville about 11.45pm.

Central District police commander Superintendent Russell Gibson said the woman had been stopped by police and processed for excess breath alcohol earlier in the evening.

“She was forbidden to drive for 12 hours and her car keys were also taken off her and held at the station until a sober person could retrieve them,” he said.

“The woman has somehow got hold of another set of keys later in the evening and driven her vehicle.”¬† 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 »

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 »

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 day in the life of a loser

Arrested, bailed, arrested again, bailed again…I wonder what will happen next?

An Auckland man arrested for assault and drink-driving in Whangarei found himself arrested again after being released from the police cells for allegedly driving his car in breach of his bail conditions.

Sergeant Grant Rouse, of Whangarei police, said the man, aged 18, was visiting from Auckland when he allegedly assaulted a man in the central city about 12.40pm yesterday.¬† Read more »

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A good idea for dealing with drunk ratbags, perhaps Len will adopt it

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The Poms have come up with a good idea for dealing with drunk ratbags…private drunk tanks.

Drunks causing a nuisance in towns and cities will be held overnight in privately run ‚Äúdrunk tanks‚ÄĚ and charged up to ¬£400 under police leaders‚Äô proposals.

Drinkers who get so intoxicated they cannot look after themselves would be cared for in holding cells until they sober up and charged for the pleasure, as well as being fined for being drunk and disorderly.

Police believe a commercially run initiative would act as an extra deterrent to excessive drinking as well as free up officers from having to deal with late-night drunkenness.¬† Read more »