Murder, Mayhem and Madness Monday: The First Person Charged With A DUI

This week marks the 114th  anniversary  of the first drunk driving arrest.  The man arrested was a 25-year-old man named George Smith who worked as a cab driver in London.  On September 10, 1897 he crashed his cab while severally intoxicated.  He didn’t just hit a parked car or a tree, instead he drove right into a side of a building.   I guess if you are going down in the history books for being the first to be arrested for a crime you better do it right.  Smith took responsibility for his actions and pled guilty.  He was fined only 25 shillings.

While I love learning about crime “firsts” I’m not sure the Smith’s family wanted to be associated with such an anniversary.   Crimes that are solved are a matter of public record, but should they be or does it cause too much pain for the relatives of the guilty?


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Tameri Etherton
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 10:20:03

    Wow, good question. Aren’t unsolved crimes also public? I don’t know, but it’s interesting to think only solved crimes would be.

    I think the crimes should be made public – solved and unsolved. There is a sense of justice in knowing that should anything be questioned, it can be brought out for inspection. I am all for transparency. I think when something can be locked away, there is an opportunity for falsehood or cover-up.

    As for the relatives of the guilty, they aren’t the ones who committed the crime and while there might be some shame involved for having them in the family tree, there is also a sense that justice was served. At least I would hope so.


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