I hope CYF has removed the kids

January 3rd, 2014 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

The Herald reported:

A woman arrested for drink-driving with two small children in the car had one of the highest breath-alcohol levels recorded in New Zealand – and might have consumed the equivalent of 25 drinks or more.

The 29-year-old was described by police as an “incredibly dangerous driver”. She blew 1568 micrograms per litre of breath – nearly four times the 400mcg legal limit for adults.

It is a miracle she did not crash. A blood alcohol level of that level, while in charge of kids, is almost rounds for proven neglect – even if she wasn’t driving. But to drive with your kids in the car, while plastered like that, is appalling. She should lose access to the kids before they get killed.

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13 Responses to “I hope CYF has removed the kids”

  1. JeffW (327 comments) says:

    It wasn’t her fault; advertising by the alcohol industry made her do it.

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  2. Manolo (14,086 comments) says:

    A beast, a heartless beast, she is.

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  3. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    I hope Winz have cancelled all her taxpayer-provided benefits . . . this being the type that pleads child poverty, and is paraded across Tv by the likes of Campbell.

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  4. Pete George (23,688 comments) says:

    As crap and irresponsible as this behaviour was the fact is this woman obviously has a major problem with alcohol. Just removing her kids from her won’t solve her problem and it creates different problems for the kids.

    She should be able to be put on some sort of probation where her finances are strictly controlled, she is possibly liquor banned, and she is provided with rehab – helping her fix her problems is far more likely to lead to positive outcomes than removing kids and money.

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  5. Chuck Bird (4,929 comments) says:

    “As crap and irresponsible as this behaviour was the fact is this woman obviously has a major problem with alcohol. Just removing her kids from her won’t solve her problem and it creates different problems for the kids.”

    After some guy murdered his children before committing suicide a law was introduced that stopped any man who used violence of any degree against his wife or partner from access to his children. The law in theory was meant to be gender neutral but it was sexist in application. In this case if the children’s father wants custody and if generally judged to be a adequate parent he should be granted custody. If the father is not consider suitable for whatever reason grandparents should be considered if suitable.

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  6. Longknives (4,889 comments) says:

    The Anti-Alcohol wowsers will be crowing with delight about this- They will see this as further ‘proof’ that alcohol must be priced out of the market!
    Whereas nobody will dare suggest we simply stop scum like this from breeding…

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  7. Manolo (14,086 comments) says:

    And 100% scum she really is.

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  8. adze (2,129 comments) says:

    Just a minor nitpick DPF – the reading was for breath alcohol, not blood.

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  9. F E Smith (3,307 comments) says:

    had one of the highest breath-alcohol levels recorded in New Zealand

    Really?  I have seen several higher readings than that, oddly enough all recorded by women.  It is a very high reading, nevertheless.

    How does the Herald know that that reading is one of the highest recorded in NZ?  Is there a database of breath-test readings that I don’t know about?  If there is, could somebody please point me to it?

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  10. F E Smith (3,307 comments) says:

    Ha! In an attempt to find this breath-test database, I used my friend Google and it showed me an FYI request by Graeme Edgeler from late 2012 on the numbers of breath tests, etc.

    Surprisingly, the NZ Police don’t keep a lot of data, but working on the assumptions that they invariably prosecute someone found to be over the limit, the 2011 numbers were

    Breath Tests (Compulsory and Mobile): 3,463,091
    Prosecutions (Blood or Breath): 30,640

    Which suggests that just under 1 in every 100 tests finds someone over the legal breath/blood alcohol limit

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  11. Peter (1,725 comments) says:

    It’s not her fault. It’s yours.

    Or something.

    I’m sure my Little Red Book says so. I don’t know what it means. I know I’m just supposed to repeat it…

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  12. Mobile Michael (464 comments) says:

    I would hope that the children have been removed and will not be returned until this woman’s alcohol issues have been attended to. But you also have to wonder where the father (or fathers?) are.

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  13. Aredhel777 (290 comments) says:

    The Anti-Alcohol wowsers will be crowing with delight about this- They will see this as further ‘proof’ that alcohol must be priced out of the market!
    Whereas nobody will dare suggest we simply stop scum like this from breeding…

    I’m not a fan of the nanny state and I think people should be able to drink alcohol if they want to, but to suggest that we sterilise anyone is absolutely appalling. I hope you were joking.

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