Child Abuse

This is nothing short of child abuse:

A mother nearly three times over the drink-driving limit had her two young children strapped in the back seat of her car when she drifted to the wrong side of the road and hit an oncoming car, a court has been told.

“The oncoming drivers must have been scared witless, let alone the effect on your children,” Judge Michael Crosbie told solo mother Joanne Tracy Oates, 41, of Outram.

Oates appeared in Dunedin District Court yesterday and admitted driving with a breath-alcohol level of 1170mcg, dangerous driving and failing to stop after an accident.

Prosecutor Sergeant Paul Knox said Oates was at home with her children, aged 3 and 5, on January 16 when she decided to go for a drive after drinking throughout the day.

About 4.50pm, driving her Isuzu Bighorn on State Highway 87 with her children secure in the rear seat, Oates was weaving as she travelled about 90kmh.

Oates drifted on to the wrong side of the road, forcing three oncoming cars to move as far left as possible to avoid impact.

Her car hit the driver’s side of the second vehicle, sending it spinning.

Oates did not stop and continued driving, followed by a member of the public who gave directions to police.

When she was stopped in Mosgiel, Oates was extremely intoxicated, slurring her speech and unsteady on her feet.

No one was injured in the crash but Oates’ vehicle, and the vehicle she struck both had extensive damage.

Oates was initially abusive and blamed the crash on the other driver.


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  • Agent BallSack

    From the story, it seems that 7 or 8 attempted vehicular manslaughter charges could be laid. Seize her children and send her to jail.

  • Jimmie

    Same crap different day

  • Pete George

    This can’t be called child abuse, there doesn’t seem to be any poverty involved.

    Unless you count brain poverty.

  • Apolonia

    Dealing with child abuse, the govt would rather “green paper” over the cracks.

    • So what do you think the govt could legislate to stop it? Its a societal issue.

      • The Robberdog

        Can we not legislate against stupidity? Reach a certain age, then sit IQ test, fail = neutering.

  • NotLen

    Societal Issue?  Bugger.  It must be my fault then.

  • Anonymous

    Agent Ballsack is right. Seize her children and jail her.
    That’ll sober her up.

  • Agent BallSack

    I’ve been thinking about this a bit lately – Why do we drink so much? Kiwis have always been drinkers but IMO since alcohol advertising took over from tobacco sponsorship, our drinking seems to have gotten completely out of hand. Small wonder when everything from the All Blacks on down have giant breweries advertisements all over them.

    • Anonymous

      Not to mention the reduction of the drinking age. Gee didnt see that one coming……
      Acohol, the only legal Class B drug.

  • kehua

    My frequent trips down South  (8+ per year) for the last 40 years have confirmed that the level of drinking by both men and women and worse still the `acceptance` of it is way  much more of a problem in the South Island than  the North Island. I have concluded that were they to drink like that in the North they would be dead, injured or in jail. They have much safer roads down there, less traffic and less road policing and I believe that the amount of Alcahol that they each consume would on averge be greater than drinkers in the North Island. From my observations this would also apply to smoking, more so with the high number of women smokers. At most functions I have attended by 10-00pm  half those present are pissed and two thirds of any group are outside sucking on smokes.