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Thought crime?

Did you know that you can now be convicted of drunk driving without actually driving.

8 Responses to “Thought crime?”

  1. Dad Says:

    Yes you can in Tennessee, one case was a man sleeping in his back seat on side of road, Judge ruled because he had his keys in his pocket, he was in control of the car, also if you allow someone that is drunk to operate your car you can be charged with DUI by consent.

  2. SayUncle Says:

    Well, in the first case, there was evidence the guy had driven or how would he have gotten there. The other one is kinda dumb.

  3. Divemedic Says:

    In Florida, if you are in the passenger compartment of the vehicle, and so are the keys, you can be convicted of DUI.

  4. Dad Says:

    Yes there was evidence he had driven but was he drunk when he drove? He may have got drunk in the back seat.

    As for the second one it may have went like this:
    Hey John you are too drunk to sing with the rest of us , here are my keys go down to the store and get us some more beer.
    I was not posting these to say I was in agreement I was posting it FYI.
    P.S. In Tennessee it is also Illegal to lasso fish.

  5. Laughingdog Says:

    I don’t know if the law in Virginia allows for even more than this, but it was always understood when I was younger that if you were drunk and needed to sleep it off in your car, you better do it in the back seat.

    The sad thing is that this decision actually encourages driving drunk. If you’re in your car in the parking lot at 4am, you stick out like a sore thumb. But driving home drunk at 2am makes you far less conspicous.

    It’s been obvious to me for years that police and the state/city legislators don’t actually care about drunk driving. They just want more ways to get money out of people. How else can you explain arresting someone for trying to sleep it off before going home. It’s even worse in Virginia Beach, because there is no overnight parking on the waterfront by all of the bars. If your car is still there at 2:30am, it gets towed.

  6. nk Says:

    That’s been the law in Illinois like forever. I could be convicted of drunken driving for washing some bird-poop off my car, in my driveway, if I was above 0.08, the way our statute is written. Thank MADD for it.

  7. dave Says:

    From the article:

    “In starting the engine of his vehicle remotely then getting behind the steering wheel, the defendant clearly undertook the first act in a sequence of steps necessary to set in motion the motive power of a vehicle,” Chief Justice Chase Rogers wrote in the opinion.

    Using this same logic, if I load ammunition into a magazine and then insert it into one of my guns, I have clearly undertook the first act in a sequence of shooting homicides.

  8. Stormy Dragon Says:

    One creative solution: if you have AAA and your home is within your towing radius (in my case that’s 100 miles) of the bar, you can call them and make them tow you home.