Fair dinkum thinkum
- Mar 7, 2007
- Basic Beliefs
- Strong Atheist
Yeah, over here we have very strict laws on DUI. Novice drivers (learners and P plate drivers) and drivers of heavy vehicles or public transportation (including taxis) must have a BAC of zero (ie below the detection limit of the test apparatus); Experienced drivers of light vehicles must be below 0.05, with heightened penalties for anyone 0.1 or higher, and even more severe penalties for drivers with a BAC of 0.15 or more.Oh well, I guess that excuses shooting him in the back of the head.Update in the St. Patrick of Lyoya case: He was not only drunk, but super drunk (BAC 0.29%) at 8:30 in the morning.
Patrick Lyoya's autopsy report released by Kent County, blood-alcohol levels over limit
Detroit Free Press said:Kent County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Stephen Cohle performed the autopsy last month. He previously said his office requested toxicology and tissue test results be expedited.
The autopsy report shows Lyoya’s blood ethanol at 290 mg/dL. That is a blood alcohol concentration of .29, experts said.
In Michigan, a person with blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher is legally considered too intoxicated to drive. Blood-alcohol levels at or above .17 while driving can be considered "super drunk" and bring heightened penalties.
Dr. Ernest Chiodo, a physician, toxicologist and former medical director of the city of Detroit, described the levels in the report as “highly, highly intoxicated.” Most people would be falling down drunk, he said.
Oakland County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Ljubisa Dragovic said it would probably take a minimum of 15 drinks to reach the level of .29.
He had previous DUIs too. He was a danger to everyone on the road driving like this.
The maximum penalty for a first offence of high-range drink driving (0.15 or over) is a fine of $3,859 or a prison term of up to 9 months. High range drink driving results in automatic suspension of a driver's licence for a minimum of 9 months, and for repeat offenders, their vehicle may be impounded, and they may have to pay a fine of $8,271, or serve a jail term determined by the court.
These penalties may seem quite harsh, particularly to people who are fined for a BAC between 0.05 and 0.07, who would be considered 'sober' under the law in many other countries. But it's noticeable that they do not include being summarily gunned down without a trial, and before any blood alcohol testing has even been done.