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Anyone know if these are correct? Perhaps, we don't treat DWI seriously enough!

Australia:The names of the drivers are sent to the local newspapers and are printed under the heading "He's Drunk and in Jail".

Malaysia:The Driver is jailed and if married, his wife is jailed too.

South Africa: A 10 year prison sentence and the equivalent of a $10,000.00 fine

Turkey: Drunk drivers are taken 20 miles outside of town by police and are forced to walk back under escort

Norway: Three weeks in jail at hard labor, one year loss of license. Second offense within five years, license revoked for life.

Finland & Sweden Automatic jail for one year of hard labor

Costa Rica: Police remove plates from car

Russia: License revoked for life

England: One year suspension and a $250.00 fine and jail for one year

France: Three year loss of license, one year in jail and a $1000.00 fine

Poland: Jail, fine and forced to attend political lectures

Bulgaria: A second conviction results in execution

El Salvador: Your first offense is your last---execution by firing squad
 
Posts: 532 | Location: McKinney, Tx | Registered: June 22, 2001Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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All those countries sound real tough, but in Texas we make sure offenders can't get deferred. Texas justice!
 
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I kind of like Turkey. Any reason we couldn't make a probationer walk from the bar where he was drinking to his home as a condition of probation? Maybe twice a year? I think that might be rehabilitative in nature.
 
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You know, all of those sound pretty reasonable to me...except Poland. Attending political lectures? Talk about cruel and unusual punishment!
 
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Well, I spent 6 years in England as the head of 2 Air Force legal offices, and a full-time British civil servant worked in my office as our police liaison officer. I can assure you there is no "mandatory" sentence given out to every drunk driver in England. One of the worst aspects of the judicial system in England is its pansy-dansy leniency with almost all criminal offenders. In magistrate's court, the magistrates seemed to apologize for sentencing the hoodlums to miniscule sentences.

I also spent 7 years in Turkey (4 separate assignments) and part of my job was to get our guys out of Turkish police stations and Turkish jails for DWI, traffic accidents, etc. I always had at least one Turkish attorney who was a full-time, US employee. Again, in 7 years, I never heard of a forced 20 mile hike. I won't say it never happened, but if it did, it was an exception.
 
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Probably ran it concurrent with his or her morning PT.
 
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Perhaps the author got the DWI punishment confused with the American thanksgiving pedestrian ritual.
 
Posts: 71 | Location: Houston, Texas, USA | Registered: January 24, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Ok, so the list is probably a figment of someone's imagination but what would you choose as the most appropriate punishment? Of course, the list is not intended to be exhaustive; it's just illustrative of some of the possible options.
 
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Good one! Well Served! JMH Big Grin
 
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In Alfred Hitchcock's "North by NorthWest" which came out in 1959 (I think) the hero, played by Jimmy Stewart, get's wrongly charged with DWI. He had to pay a fine of $2.50.

Apparently, DWI was not always the Big Deal it is today.
 
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Hey Terry- I finally get to use by Communications Degree- The hero in North by Northwest was Cary Grant not Jimmy Stewart. Great movie by the way!!! Eek
 
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