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Legislating Drunk Driving

Hot off the presses from Court TV, is this story about drinking and driving (links added):

"In their effort to strengthen state drunk driving laws, New Mexico legislators indirectly nabbed one of their own.

Albuquerque police arrested state Rep. Joe Thompson less than 24 hours after the House minority whip attended a local ceremony celebrating the state's new drunk driving laws. The 37-year-old Republican was charged with driving while intoxicated and careless driving after twice failing a breathalyzer exam with blood alcohol levels of 0.11 and 0.12. New Mexico's legal limit is 0.08.

Thompson apologized to his family, his friends and the citizens of New Mexico in a written statement.

"While I am terribly embarrassed by this situation, I am thankful that no one else was involved," Thompson said. "I will follow the advice of my family and physician to obtain whatever treatment is necessary."

As a first-time offender, Thompson, who is scheduled to be arraigned April 8, is unlikely to face any jail time or even a high fine. The new measures that he helped guide through the legislature, which include longer sentences and mandatory screening and treatment programs, only apply to repeat offenders."

Such a deal.

Posted by J. Craig Williams on Friday, March 19, 2004

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