From The Free Press – By Tom Fletcher – BC Local News – VICTORIA – People are over-reacting to the new penalties imposed on drivers who blow in the “warn” range of a roadside blood alcohol test, Public Safety Minister Rich Coleman says….Read the rest here.
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This is an interesting article as I know a lot people who are weary of the new 0.05 law. The other night I got a bit nervous having one drink at Brickhouse and then getting in my car to go home. When I get nervous about such trivial things I start thinking stupid thoughts like “What’s next? A law restricting alcohol consumption to our homes? Are they going to take away music and radios in vehicles because that can be distracting and cause accidents?” Is that an over-reaction on my part? Yes it is…or is it?
The Public Safety Minister commented on how the BC Government didn’t expect restaurants and pubs to be affected by the new legislation..but how could they not?! That’s just a ridiculous oversight.
What is 0.05? What does one glass of wine for me read on a Breathalyzer? Is there a solution to that problem? Do I need to buy myself a Breathalyzer? I may have to sit and have a drink with a local officer to clear this up. I’d like to know how many of the accidents involving impaired drivers are actually within the 0.05 to 0.08 range…just to see. I’m really curious. Is this really solving an issue or is it just a quick way to make some numbers go down/up (we just finished watching season 5 of The Wire. Amazing! You should watch this show if you haven’t already).
What most often happens with new legislation, when it’s not well received, is we all just get used to it. We adjust. And if the “warn” range doesn’t change (and it most likely won’t) in the new year, some will continue to take the hit and we’ll all just keep living.
The thing is, I’m all for drinking responsibly and with self-control but I’m against promoting fear. Fear weakens humanity. What the BC Government seemed to have done was introduce a tough on drinking and driving law on everyone and made it a priority in the province. A lot of cars were towed, licenses were suspended and now, according to CBC news, Coleman recently said:
“[A vehicle] doesn’t have to be towed under the legislation,” said Coleman. “So, those are the things we need to look at. I’ve already spoken to law enforcement [and] they agree.”
On the ICBC website I found this little warning for 0.05 to 0.08 BAC: “Financial Costs – Costs related to these offences can add up to an estimated $600 to $4,060—even if it’s the first time a driver is caught.”
This issue is being pulled in so many directions by so many different organizations and individuals – Mothers Against Drunk Driving, BC Government, RCMP, Businesses and so on.
It’s all so interesting!!
A campaign is in the works to let the public know a drink with your chicken burrioto is ok…but what about the individuals who have one drink and can’t drive? Or those who are over 0.05 percent and aren’t impaired? I personally don’t agree with zero tolerance. Sorry. I know that might make me seem like a bad person. I’ll live with that.
There was this man I met in Vancouver, let’s call him my mentor, and I greatly respected him. I respected him and allowed him to be my mentor mainly because he was honest and open with me. He allowed me to think for myself and to believe in myself; he respected my opinions and often tried to tell me about the alternatives without telling me I’m wrong. No judgments. I felt like I could do and be anything I wanted. This type of leadership is sadly rare.
We are becoming less in tune with ourselves and our own responsibilities in society and it feels as though we’re being constantly told what to do or what not to do. I’m not trying to promote drunk-driving (I hope that’s clear), what I’m trying to get at is slowly, day by day, year by year, our choices and ability to make choices for ourselves is being plucked out of our brains. Life cannot be this way or that way! We all need to find the many, many different ways and be able to choose the right way for ourselves. At least I do.
I know this all seems a little off topic…and I went on longer than I really wanted to…but I think it’s all relevant.
Not everyone will agree with these thoughts, that’s what’s so great about a discussion! It would be nice to hear your thoughts on how the new BC law has affected you in Fernie (good or bad) or just the review of 0.05. I’m asking for clean and open comments here…a mature discussion.