flimsy drink driving charges
Taken from drive.com.au
A four-year study to March 2003 showed that of those convicted of drink-driving -- more than 15,000 people -- 61 percent were fined only, 11 percent had no conviction recorded and 2 percent were jailed full-time.
Whats the deal with this people ? According to stats 19.6% of sentences in local courts are drink driving fines yet the figures above show how easy it is to escape any major bemishes on your licence ?
Here's how some of them did it...
1. An offender with a reading of 0.19 was found guilty but did not have a conviction recorded because of his good standing in the community.
2. A magistrate took into account that an offender consumed alcohol after being with her terminally ill brother.
3. In Newcastle Local Court more than 45 percent of high-range PCA cases were dealt with under section 10 of the Sentencing Act (proven guilty but no conviction recorded.) This compares with an average rate of 11 percent in NSW local courts.
I think its a joke.
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