Why has this woman gotten away with driving drunk three times?

Once, because Taser use was wrong?

Twice because…it just happened on May 26 and she’s awaiting…what, exactly? Why wasn’t her license pulled at that time?

And now, a third incident barely four weeks later?

Come on. I think this is an understatement, from the NewsNet 5 report:

“It’s obvious that in my opinion that Ms. Fretter does need some help and I hope she gets it,” said [Sheffield Lake] Police Chief Mike Gurich.

According to this Chronicle-Telegram article, when she was stopped on May 26, she was already driving with a suspended license. So – what does the law say is supposed to happen then, when a person, driving with a suspended license, is found to, you know – be driving drunk with a suspended license?

That is – how the hell was it allowed to be possible that she could get behind the wheel, drunk, again – just four weeks later?

How are we not somehow responsible for this leniency or failure on our system’s part?

7 thoughts on “Why has this woman gotten away with driving drunk three times?

  1. Shalom Jill,The age of the studies is part of the problem.Claiming confidentiality, A.A. makes it near impossible to track its success rate. And the lack of data, of course squashes studies before they get started.The third study is actually an internal A.A. document that got leaked.B’shalom,Jeff

  2. Now Jeff – you knew I would say this: the first two are rather old and the last one sounds like a setup from the beginning.BUT – I know you, so I would never dismiss anything out of hand that you recommend.I will see what I can find – my A+++ babysitter has reached whatever the top level of being a CDC is and has been working with the substance abuse population for a long time. I’ll have to ask her too.

  3. Shalom Jill,See:Ditman, K,S., G.C. Crawford, W.E. Fogy, H. Moskowitz and C. MacAndrews. (1967)”A Controlled Experiment On The Use Of Court Probation For Drunk Arrests.” American Journal Of Psychiatry. 124(2) pp. 64-7.Brandsma, J.M., M.C. Maultsby and R.J. Welsh. (1980). “Outpatient Treatment Of Alcoholism: A Review And Comparative Study. Baltimore: University Park Press.And,”Comments On A.A.’s Triennial Surveys.” New York; Alcoholics Anonymous World Services. n.d.This last document is an internal publication that can be hard to obtain.I would refer you to “A.A. Lies” by Charles Bufe in “You Are Being Lied To,” edited by Russ Kick, 2001.B’shalom,Jeff

  4. Well then, are you saying a life imprisoned to alcohol which may also lead to the loss or injury of life, to that person or to others, is less costly than life imprisonment in a … facility of some type?I’ll trust you for now on the 95% thing, but you know I want to see that for myself, because of the folks I know in AA, 100% have been sober for more than two decades. Maybe I’m just lucky in who I know (and it is more than 1 person, promise).I’m not willing to buy this view – that it’s either shrug at the repeat offenders, kill the repeat offenders or jail the repeat offenders for life. Our choices just can’t be that stark and somehow I feel like you just don’t give up on that, or let up on it.But then that’s why I went to social work school I guess.

  5. Shabbat shalom Jill,What could it possibly be that would be less costly to the State?24/7 eyeball monitoring by a minder?In the Navy I had a buddy who was a serious alcoholic. To keep him from drinking he was required to report to the medical officer before he left the ship and to take antabuse in the officer’s presence.After taking the drug, he would head to the nearest bar and order a tray of shots which he would slam down as fast as he could before the drug took effect.That way he could absorb a maximum amount of alcohol before throwing up what he had just paid good money to throw down his throat.Given that even Alcoholics Anonymous has a 95 percent failure rate after five years, no amount of therapy or treatment is going to keep a drunk off the road and away from their addiction.To protect society, I can think of no other solution than life imprisonment. Since we are not willing to take that step, we must accept that senseless deaths will continue.B’shalom,Jeff

  6. Shabbat Shalom Jill,The only way to ensure that a person found guilty of driving drunk will not do it again is to lock them up for life.As a society, we are not prepared to dole out that sentence for DUI.And until we are prepared to lock people away for life for DUI, we just have to accept that cases like Ms. Fetter’s will continue to part of our regular news diet.B’shalom,Jeff

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