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A Disturbing But Revealing Story


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11/17/2008
Vaughan de Kirby
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It would be a mistake to dismiss the story of Shannon Wilcutt's DUI ordeal as simply an extreme, bizzare case—one that in now way relates to larger issues in DUI law and DUI law enforcement.

To find out what happened, read the eye-opening article “It took less than one drink to get Shannon Wilcutt busted for DUI.”

The truth is that Ms. Wilcutt’s story illustrates certain important truths about how DUI law enforcement works—or, quite often, doesn’t work.

For one, her story demonstrates that the idea that we are “innocent until proven guilty” doesn’t really apply to DUI. It is often up to us to prove ourselves innocent. 

It illustrates the highly subjective nature of the police report, in which an officer may write whatever is necessary to ensure a conviction.   

It illustrates the overly-harsh punishments that are leveled against those who are convicted of drunk driving.

And, as crazy as it sounds, her story exemplifies a common occurrence: a person who is still charged with DUI, even after blood or breath tests fail to provide any evidence of intoxication!



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