[CrackMonkey] [email@example.com: Re: [Pigdog] 12-Step-step-steppin' out on you..]
monkeymaster at crackmonkey.org
Tue Jul 11 20:15:39 PDT 2000
begin Nick Moffitt quotation:
Marie R., for example, is a stable married woman in her 50's.
One evening she drove after drinking beyond the legal limit
and was apprehended in a police spot check. Like most drunk
drivers, Marie did not meet the criteria for alcoholism, which
include routine loss of control. (Research by Kaye Fillmore
and Dennis Kelso of the University of California has found
that most people arrested for drunk driving are able to
moderate their drinking.)
Marie admitted that she deserved to be penalized. Nonetheless,
she was shocked when she learned that she faced a one-year
license suspension. Although irresponsible, her carelessness
was not as serious as the recklessness of a DWI whose driving
clearly endangers others. Such disproportionate sentences push
all but the most stubborn DWIs to accept "treatment" instead;
indeed, this may be their purpose. Like most offenders, Marie
thought treatment was preferable, even though she had to pay
$500 for it.
Well DUH. I mean, her crime wasn't DRINKING, it was DRIVING. The
drinking part just affected her, and is her own business. The driving
part was the reckless bit. She should have taken the suspension, and
drank alone more often.
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