Monday, May 13, 2013

Massachusetts, the Land of Unlimited Chances...

...for drunk-driving, that is... Brad_in_MA sends in the latest in the YHGTBSM files...

Billerica Man With Lifetime License Suspension Charged With 12th OUI
BOXBOROUGH (CBS) – A 62-year-old Billerica man who has already had his license revoked for life is facing drunk driving charges for the twelfth time.

Boxborough police say they pulled over the 62-year-old, whose name they have not yet released, around 8:40 p.m. on Friday after witnesses reported him weaving between lanes and speeding on Interstate 495 N.
Now, allegedly, after the fifth OUI offense you're supposed to lose your license permanently. Personally, I think that's three too many. I'm willing to give one as an "oops" - I realize that people do make mistakes and all; however there comes a time when it becomes blatantly obvious that a person is not learning from their mistakes. In this case, after 11 additional "oops"s.

At what point do we have to just toss them in jail and leave them there? This guy proved that nothing was going to keep him off the road: revoked license, forged inspection sticker, heck, he even brought his liquor with him in the car. This guy is a dead family waiting to happen. He's the reason I drive a three ton truck - because with someone like this, it's not *if* he's going to kill someone else, it's *when*.

And the state of Massachusetts is perfectly happy to just keep tossing them back on the streets until they do kill someone.

Now, a cynical person would wonder why on earth they permit this, and think about following the money. OUIs are expensive: look at the fees alone for repeat OUI offenders. $500 and up for the first compared to $20K at a minimum for the fifth offense. Boy, but if that's not an incentive to keep drunks on the road I don't know what is. And would you look at that? The penalty for the fifth OUI offense is a lifetime driver's license revocation - meaning that the drunk in our current story has been arrested SEVEN MORE TIMES after his license was taken away for good.

And these are the people that think passing more laws will stop people from hurting others with guns...

That is all.

3 comments:

Ritchie said...

Repeatedly confirming the wisdom of my departure.

Not Dilbert said...

What are the chances that he paid anywhere near $ 20,000 in Total Fines, much less multiple times??? They didn't say what BAC reading was so he likely refused a breathalizer, but I'll bet he has a pretty high tolerance so it would have been off the chart anyway. No Doubt that we will eventally find out that tax payer money has been funding this guy as well.

Anonymous said...

I predict court ordered rehab (on tax payers dime) and suspended sentence.