Ken Shocknet from CBS2 in LA recently wrote the following:
"So there's this guy in Ohio who's this close to pulling into a three-way tie for first as the state's worst drunk drivers. He has 19 convictions; the other two have 20. But now, it looks like Stephen Wolf is going to have to wait a while, because the judge has just given him eight years in prison, for his latest incident of 'glug glug glug, vroom vroom vroom.'
Everybody's so happy 'the system works,' and the judge 'really means business.' Well, before we get all teary-eyed at the swift hand of justice, let's ask ourselves a couple of questions. What were the judges thinking in the sentencing process during Wolf's previous 18 convictions? And you know what? Even though I have zero-tolerance for DUI drivers, I'll throw in the first 3-- heck, make it 4-- convictions. But what were the judges doing, on convictions 5 through 18?
Oooh, look: it says here, this time, Judge Noah Powers has told him, no more driving for life, as part of his punishment. That's something, right? (Read on.)
Also, this Hangin' Judge who gave Wolf 8 years in the Graybar Hotel; some tough dude, no? Well, no. the judge could have given him 10 years. So he thinks Wolf is a threat, but not so much of a threat that he shouldn't get out two years sooner, to resume his driving. Oh, did I mention, Wolf's been ordered not to drive in the past, but apparently just doesn't get the message?
Stephen Wolf is one of 6 Ohio drivers with at least 19 DUI convictions. The state should be so proud of its judicial system. If ever I do want to drink and drive, I'll move to Ohio. Both possibilities are equally likely."
What are you views on drinking and driving? Do you think Missouri takes a strong stand on this issue? Do we really want anyone drinking and driving? Have you talked to a MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) member lately?