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Ultimately, the state claims ownership of everything-

A DAD’S new car has been confiscated by the Crown after his son crashed while drunk at the wheel. Kevin Stirrat was driving the £12,000 Kia Cee’d when he crashed it into a road sign and a hedge.

Sheriff Robert McCreadie granted a Crown motion to confiscate the car, even though it belonged to ­Stirrat’s father John. It is one of the first cases of its kind under recently toughened laws to tackle drink-driving.

The state will sell the motor, keeping a parasite busy for a week and will pocket the proceeds of its theft. And that’s what it is, plain theft of a man’s property, but the beast is always hungry.

h/t Jock Bastard

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  1. I’m sorry, but I think this is a stupid take on this story.

    Part of the penalty for drink-driving is having the car you are driving being confiscated. The ‘son’ is entirely responsible for losing his father’s car. It is up to him to replace it.

    If this did not happen, anyone could avoid this penalty by always borrowing someone else’s car when they intend to go drink-driving!

    Would you rail about ‘State takes innocent father’s AK47 after son murders bus queue with it’?

    Perhaps this penalty will persuade people to be more careful who they lend their car too.

  2. Having your motor confiscated is not a traditional punishment, and it’s discretionary on the beak. Read further down and you see that another drunk driver did not have the car that he owns confiscated.

    The state would steal an AK-47 anyway (unless it’s a straight pull, which is legal).

  3. If he new that ” junior ” had been driving before when under the influence, it is a clear case of ” negligent entrustment ” of a powerful, dangerous, machine by an irresponsible vehicle owner.

    The article does not say what the exact blood alcohol level was – which is highly relevant to the story.

    If the below listing is correct, the UK legal blood alcohol rate is 0.08 – the same as the US. ( a rate that is 60% higher than France, Germany and other countries ) This guy had five times the legal level of alcohol in his system than the UK maximum. No one should feel sorry for him, and no one should be that sorry for the father either.


  4. I too was ready to excoriate the judge….BUT go read the article.

    ‘Junior’ is FORTY years old.

    So probably he’s got form for DUI and assorted vehicular bad boy stuff and cannot afford to own and insure a car in his own name. So continually ‘borrows’ his pensioner dad’s car, most likely on a permanent basis. ie it’s really his car and he’s just getting his dad to ‘front’ for him.

    Sort of explains what the judge did. His dad could have prevented it by telling the Police that ‘wee jock’ did’nae have permission to be driving the car that day. Then he gets to keep ‘his’ car and wee Jimmy McStirrup would simply have one more charge to add to his assuredly long list. But I’m pretty sure in reality it belongs to the wee scamp 40 year old junior himself.

    Oh and Please nobody else is ever to describe the ‘umble Kia Ceed as a powerful dangerous machine ever again. My sides are still split from laughing so hard the last time. Okay? Skin…rice pudding…cannot pull it off…get the picture?

  5. Any car licensed for highway use is powerful, and dangerous when a drunk is behind the wheel.

  6. //Even a motorcyle is powerful and dangerous to the driver if he’s plastered.//

    As is a push-bike.

    In several European countries you lose your driving license even if you are caught cycling over the limit.

  7. Noel

    I’m cool with that.

    No one has any right to use the public road absent any rules at all.

    Use of the road is an inherently shared enterprise, and what you do there has the potential to impact every other user of that road.

    This is something that the ” no rules for nuttin’ ” people have a very hard time grasping.

  8. Noel

    As is a push-bike.

    It’s not quite as dangerous as a car. only 18 pedestrians/other cyclists where killed by push bikes from 2000-2009. Compare that to the 25000+ deaths involving cars for the same period.

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