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Posted on 04/03/2014 3:19:39 PM PDT by Brown Deer
MILWAUKEE - Patrick Coffey vowed to teach by example, and the judge agreed.
The former Dean of Students at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, Coffey will spend the next year in jail and four years on probation.
Deputies arrested Coffey in August for drunk driving; DOT video captured Coffey driving on the wrong side of I-43 for more than 14 miles.
Coffey, 70, was arrested for his 3rd OWI, and plead guilty to 2nd-Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety.
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Luckily, he didn’t kill anyone!
That OWI is gonna hurt.
Third offense, clearly a problem drinker and the type who often go on to cause fatal wrecks.
Good he was stopped and appropriately sentenced.
As far as I am concerned you should be given 20 stripes with a cane on the first offense, 50 on the second and executed on the third DUI.
Punishment isn’t (or shouldn’t) be about punishing a law breaker. It should be about deterring behavior. Drunk drivers, through depraved indifference, kill, burn, and maim people. The punishment should be severe enough that the act becomes rare. Very few people will put themselves in a position to drive drunk after once having had their ass carved up by a split bamboo rod.
Why Western culture tolerates so much violent criminal behavior is beyond my comprehension. And why we build monster factories called prisons is also beyond my comprehension.
This isn’t Saudi Arabia.
The main purpose of DUI laws appears to be, in my view, to raise revenue for state and local governments. That is why they have lowered the limit to the point where most people are not impaired and have set up a regime of collections so that a DUI costs many thousands of dollars in fees and fines. In my state, you can get a conditional license and be driving again pretty soon. If it were really about deterring people the punishments would be more about jail time and less about fees and fines. I have never had a DUI but know many people who have and they were legally driving again soon after their arrest, for a hefty fee to the state of course. I don’t recall any of my acquaintances spending more than a night in jail for DUI.
Fas est ab hoste doceri.