Cassie Murdoch reports:
A 47-year-old woman in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, got behind the wheel of her car after having a bit too much to drink, but instead of wreaking havoc on the road, she ended up lodged in a sand trap at a local golf course. Why? Because her GPS made her do it—obviously! She said the GPS told her to turn left, and she did, right into a cornfield. That didn’t faze her, and she just kept on going until she ended up on the golf course and got stuck in the sand. There were people on the course at the time, but thankfully nobody was injured. Police found a cup full of alcohol in her car and arrested her for driving drunk.
Here’s the punchline:
This is the fourth time she’s been arrested for a DUI.
Assuming this story is accurate, I guess they don’t have one of those “three strikes” laws in Massachusetts? Personally, I’m a lot more afraid of a dangerous driver than of some drug dealer. I’d think a simple cost-benefit calculation would recommend taking away her car after violation #1 or 2, no?
P.S. Yes, I realize this story falls in the generic “incompetent criminal” and “outrage of the week” files. But I think it fits into this blog because of the decision-theory connection. Also political science. If something as obvious as taking away the car keys from repeat drunk drivers isn’t being done, it might be worth understanding what aspect of the political system is letting this happen.