The RCMP appears to be showing no mercy in enforcing B.C.’s tough new impaired-driving laws. An officer from Vernon, B.C. recently issued an immediate three-day roadside prohibition to a man, impounded his car for three days and issued a $200 fine for blowing over 0.05% blood-alcohol, and below 0.08%, around dinnertime on Monday.
The man was the first driver to be charged under the new legislation in the Vernon/North Okanagan detachment area of B.C. The controversial legislation, which took effect on September 20, 2010, is similar to laws that are popping up all around the country.
My problem with the legislation is the mixed messages that are being sent. On one hand, the legislature is saying that it is O.K. to have a little bit to drink before you drive. This, they assume, is required to support the restaurant industry. On the other hand, they are saying that a single drink could be enough to get you in trouble with the police. We all know how dangerous it is to drink and drive, so for the interest of everyone around you and yourself, do not drink when you know you have to drive at all. We all know how dangerous it is and regardless of whether you are a bit confused with these laws, the best way to avoid any sort of accident or breaking the law is to not drink and drive at all. There are already too many DUI accidents that have occurred and we don’t need anymore any time soon.
Whether it is just a five minute journey or two hours, it is not worth the risks. If you someone who has recently been caught drinking and driving, this definitely was not the best move to make. Saying this though, having someone represent your case is still important to get the best result. To find out more, check out sites like newjerseycriminallawattorney.com/dui-drunk-driving/. Just know not to do it again, as it could end a lot worse.
If the message is that a single drink can potentially make you a dangerous driver, enough to be suspended for 3 days and fined hundreds of dollars, is it right to send the message to people that it might be O.K. to have a little to drink, as long as they’re under 0.05% BAC, which most people are unable to gauge?
It sounds like a game of “roll the dice, and see how you blow on the breathalizer,” when in fact choosing to drink and drive is an entirely different gamble.
What do you think of the new laws? Post your comments below!