N.B. mans third drinking and driving offence leads to forfeiture of car

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MONCTON, N.B. - A Moncton, N.B., man who was so drunk he drove into a safety barrier during a recent charity marathon has agreed to forfeit his car.
Court was told John Owen Gordon, 55, ran a red light and crashed his car into the barricade on Oct. 25. before driving off.
RCMP eventually tracked him down and pulled him over.
Gordon pleaded guilty to impaired driving, was sentenced to 90 days in jail and banned from driving in Canada for the next three years.
It was his third impaired driving offence.
The Crown made an application to the court to have the car forfeited as offence-related property but Gordon told them he didn't want the vehicle anymore.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: MONCTON, Canada

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  • Drummer
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    A really big thumbs up...well it's about time, maybe after losing their vehicle and the fines these people may have something to think about,I agree with Sam Daniels, maybe the vehicle should be forfeit after the first offense, my question is why give them a second chance, do the victims have a second chance, NOT.....

  • Sam
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Now THAT's what I'm talking about! Finally something imposed that really hits home with this type of repeat offender. Maybe if you had to forfeit your car after your FIRST offence that would help disuade drinking and driving even more.

  • chief wiggam
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    hmm safety belts,air bags,collapsable steering wheel......
    why not have a new feature mandatory on all new cars? such as a breath lock. same as they have now to restrict convicted drunk drivers.

  • Sam
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Breath lock devices aren't advanced enough yet so they can be easliy overriden. If your license gets suspended you can still drive your car. If your car insurance gets so expensive because of your DUI offences you can still drive without insurance. Without a car - ya can't drive. If ya borrow one and you get tagged again with DUI that car should be forfeited to no matter who owns it.

    I think this judge is onto something here.