Letters to the editor
Jan 23, 2013 / 7:05 am
Once again we are witness to a tragedy on our roads involving a drunk driver. The story has it he blew more than 3 times the legal limit, ( what is that these days, .05 or ,.08 We can only surmise they are referring to .08..
How can this tragedy have been avoided? I know, let’s strike fear into the hearts of all law abiding citizens of B.C. making the normal everyday couple fearful to go out for dinner and have a glass of wine, and then responsibly drive home.
My wife and I have basically stopped going out at all for fear of being stopped for a broken tail light, some small driving infraction after having a glass of wine, being asked to blow by a peace officer because he can smell alcohol, and having my truck taken from me instantly and facing thousands of dollars in fines and educational courses to be able to drive again.
But this consequence does not strike fear into the heart of the person willing to get hammered and drive a vehicle, they don’t care, or they have a serious drinking problem and cant stop. This law wont affect them. WE are targeting the wrong people, it is not the husband and wife out for dinner or to a friends for a cocktail we should be after, but these idiots that are three times over the limit, BC has to come up with a better plan to target these individuals and leave the responsible people alone.
When was the last time we heard of someone causing a crash of any kind while blowing .05? It seems to be always 2 or 3 times over the legal limit. If they made the law Zero tolerance all they would do is stop the average responsible drinker from driving and not the guys drinking to excess. We would still have these tragedies on our roads.
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