I received this amusing photo from a workmate a while ago, showing a traffic accident in 1928.
From the official description of the accident, we read:
“Vid den efterföljande rättegången i Klippan sades det att Örkelljungabon som var orsak till olyckan fick en förmildrande dom därför han hade druckit brännvin och därför hade svårt med att styra. ”
Rough translation: “In the court case that followed, the driver was given a lighter sentence because he had been drinking strong booze and had trouble steering.”
To us enlightened people of today this seems bizarre and almost amusing because, of course, it would be quite ridiculous if having consumed alcohol leads to a milder sentence or a smaller fine in a car accident,
For example, it would be equally ridiculous if you had raped somebody, and alcohol was taken into consideration. Or you had beaten somebody up. Or gotten into a fight. Or went on the rampage with your football buddies. Or stabbed your wife and then couldn’t remember it afterwards. Yes, it would be really strange if you were treated with more leniency because you had been drinking.
The point lurking behind the sarcasm here being: If you know that drinking alcohol will lead to you losing control in some way, and you do it anyway, then it is YOUR fault. You are FULLY to blame for everything that happens, and should take ALL of the consequences, and stop blaming something else.
And as for “temporary insanity” – look buddy, either you are insane or you are not insane, so it’s the mad house or it’s prison. So just make your decision, take it like a man and stop clogging up our airwaves and print columns with your whining excuses and your slimy lawyers. OK?